The fighting dog, which weighed 30kg, was so aggressive in the kennels that staff were unable to go near it for four days.
A vet had to put 43 pills in the dog’s food followed by another sedative before he could go into the kennel and put it down.Why take such risks? The owners didn’t learn from this, either:
Mrs Wilson said the Doughtys bought another dog for £250 which was said to be a Staffordshire type. It had also been involved in a recent incident near St Hugh’s School in Grantham when it attacked another dog./facepalm
Chris Pye-Smith, representing Wayne Doughty, said his client had not known it was a prohibited dog but had pleaded guilty after seeing expert evidence which had proven it was.
Rebecca Doughty had owned the dog before they were married and Doughty had said he was surprised to learn it was prohibited.Yeah, yeah, all the old familiar excuses. Including the attempt to portray themselves as the victim, and not the lady who lost her pet:
Sonia Bhalla, representing Rebecca Doughty, said the dog had been her responsibility at the time. Miss Bhalla added: “She is incredibly sorry for what happened. My client has suffered from this. She is not trying to blame anyone else. She is now suffering anxiety and is on medication for it. She said her client wrote a letter to the victim with a full apology and offering to cover any expenses.
Magistrates banned both defendants from keeping a dog for 10 years. Rebecca Doughty was given a community order for nine months and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work. Wayne Doughty received a three month community order and will be electronically tagged to obey a curfew from 7pm to 7am. Both defendants must pay £500 each in compensation to the victim.
They were given 48 hours to have their current dog rehoused.I’d have given them none; since it too is proven vicious, put it down as well.