Tyler Bygraves appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court last Thursday to be sentenced for being the person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury to another.
The 20-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to being responsible for a black and white Staffie called Shanker (Ed: !!!) on October 12 last year when it bit a woman and her dog in Heather Walk, Broadfield.A nasty, vicious attack, at that:
The four-and-a-half-year-old dog left the victim, Kimberley Evans, requiring hospital treatment and caused "life threatening" injuries to her West Highland terrier after "flinging it from side to side".Happily for the victim, Crawley Police are a lot more on the ball that the useless sacks of blood and flesh at Essex Police:
Defence solicitor Geoff White told the court Bygraves, from Seaford Road, in Broadfield, had been rolling himself a cannabis cigarette when he lost control of the lead because Shanker bit him.
He said: "Mr Bygraves is extremely keen on animals but because he cannot have a dog of his own he offers to walk Shanker. "/facepalm
"He was being relatively responsible, he was not allowing the dog to run freely. "He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time."Yeah, yeah, could have happened to any pothead in nominal charge of a dangerous dog, couldn’t it?
The court heard an animal behaviourist had been called in to assess Shanker. Mr Kateley said: "Shanker bit the sleeve of the behaviourist, who also tested him with a rag doll that looked like a baby and made a crying noise.
"When the button was pushed to make the doll cry out the dog immediately jumped up and grabbed the doll before shaking it around.
"Its attitude towards other dogs has been aggressive in kennels so it has had to be segregated and secluded."I think we can conclude that’s a ‘FAIL’ on the temperament test then?
After deliberating for more than half an hour the bench of magistrates decided the Staffie should be destroyed.
Bygraves was sentenced to a community order with a six-week curfew from 9pm to 7am each day.
He must also pay the victim £250 in compensation, £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.I’m only amazed it took them that long.