Attack dog gets stay of execution

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A VICIOUS dog which twice savaged a woman has been given a stay of execution.

A Wigan court issued a destruction order on the Alsatian, known as Buster, owned by Wayne Whalley after the terrifying attack.

She feels scared if she sees the dog and she wants to feel safe for herself and her children

Glenn Anderton - prosecuting

But the order will only come into effect if the dog attacks anyone else.

Judge Mark Hadfield, sitting at Wigan Magistrates’ Court, told the defendant: “The dog must be kept under proper control.”

Glenn Anderton, prosecuting, said that shortly after 11pm on January 21, Whalley’s neighbour, Laura Mottram, knocked on his front door, asking the occupants to keep the noise down after hearing a disturbance.

A woman apologised for the noise but then the Alsation “came running out of the house, jumped over the fence” and into Ms Mottram’s garden.

Mr Anderton said: “The dog was running as if it wanted to get into her house.

“She has children and so she went towards her door to prevent it from entering, but it bit her in the right calf.

“She was screaming and tried to push the dog away, but it bit her on the right hand.”

Ms Mottram then got into her house, leaving the angry dog outside.

Reading a victim impact statement, Mr Anderton added: “She feels scared if she sees the dog and she wants to feel safe for herself and her children.”

The court also heard that Whalley, 47, of Ruskin Avenue, Worsley Mesnes, was under the influence of alcohol during the incident.

He was interviewed by police the day after and charged with owning a dog which caused injury in a private area, which he admitted.

Darren Jones, defending, said that Whalley accepted the injuries and was remorseful for the dog’s behaviour.

It was also added that Whalley had already taken steps to increase fence security.

Whalley, who has no previous convictions, was given a community order for 12 months, with 100 hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay £150 compensation, £85 court costs and £60 victim surcharge,

On sentencing Whalley, district judge Hadfield said; “This was the first time you have been before the court and you were here as a result of your dog escaping and biting a neighbour twice.

“This is taken seriously by the court.

“The dog must be kept under control, with a double lead and muzzle.”