Woman fined over German Shepard attack
Posted: September 30, 2015
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A woman from Middlesborough has been fined after her German Shepard attacked a woman in the street in May. The 39-year-old victim had been walking her two dogs with her mother when the attack happened. The dog bit her on her hand and wrist, with the strength of the dog causing her to fall and also injure her knees. The victim had to undergo an operation following the attack.
The owner of the dog, Joan Stairmand (53), admitted to owning a dangerously out of control dog that caused injury. District Judge Stephen Harmes ordered Ms Stairmand to pay the victim £200 compensation, alongside an additional £230 in court costs. She was also sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge.
Gate must be secured at all times
Judge Harmes placed a contingent destruction order on the dog, stating that he must wear a muzzle at all times when in a public place. Ms Stairmand was also told to ensure that her gate is secured at all times otherwise the dog will be destroyed.
The victim of the attack said that since the attack happened she’s suffered with debilitating anxiety and is unable to walk her dogs down Devonshire Road where the accident happened. The bite wounds on her hands were so severe that she had to stay overnight in the hospital and undergo an operation.
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