Patricia Saunders pleaded guilty two counts of failing to control her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Bruce, when it savaged a 14-year-old boy and a woman near her home in January this year.
Defending Saunders, Mike Cahill told the court that she accepted there were a number of ‘aggravating factors’ - including the fact that her family had been spoken to by police last year about the dog over another unprovoked attack on a neighbour.Gosh. So unexpected. You’d have thought they’d learnt their lesson in Stratford, wouldn’t you? I mean, it could be them facing a vicious dog, and not an innocent bystander…
Now a tearful Saunders, 58, has been told by magistrates that her case could be sent to a crown court for sentencing - meaning she could receive a more serious penalty.
The maximum sentence for letting your dog become out of control and injure someone is two years in prison.Anyone betting that she will? Well, fear not – she had an almost-guaranteed get out of jail free card!
Chair of the bench Richard Daniels ordered a pre-sentence report on Saunders - who has physical and mental health problems.Yes, but still able to keep a large, expensive animal. Those savage benefit cuts, eh?