The owners of an historic castle are facing a legal battle to save their dog from a "death sentence" after it bruised the nose of a waiter at a posh wedding.Bruised his nose? Was it a boxer?
Sarah and Robert Hay, who own 11th century Bickleigh Castle in Devon, have received a court summons saying their labrador Doubleé could be "dangerous".
It follows an incident at the venue in May last year when the dog "excitedly jumped up and hit" a 15-year-old waiter, who later needed a rabies jab as a precaution.Eh? There’s rabies in Devon…?
The teenager did not complain but Devon and Cornwall Police issued legal proceedings after the teenager sought hospital treatment.Really? How interesting. You usually can’t get Devon and Cornwall Police off their lazy backsides with genuinely dangerous dogs, so one wonders why the excess of zeal in this case?
Envy? Did a senior police officer get served a disappointing vol-au-vent at a wedding?
Or is it so they can point to this and say ‘We don’t just target chavs, look, we go after toffs too!’ if questions are asked?
A hearing is due at Exeter Magistrates Court on January 27 to consider the summons, which calls for the dog to be "put under control or destroyed" under section 2 of the Dogs Act 1871.One hopes the magistrates will show some common sense, no matter how uncommon that might be.
Devon and Cornwall Police have declined to comment on the matter.I wonder what they'll say when the magistrates have ruled?