Family pet dies after savage dog attack

A FAMILY’s pet poodle had to be put down after it suffered serious neck injuries due to a savage and unprovoked attack by another dog, a court heard.

The 12-year-old poodle, called Pepe, was bitten in the throat and then dragged by a Staffordshire dog during the frenzied attack.

The dogs were forced apart but Pepe’s injuries were so severe that the poodle had to be put down.

Kathleen Kirby, 61, of Bamburgh Crescent, in Newton Aycliffe, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.

Magistrates in Newton Aycliffe fined her £110 and ordered her to pay £85 costs, £30 vet’s fees and a £20 victim surcharge.

She also has to keep the Staffordshire muzzled and on a lead in public and the animal must be neutered.

The court heard Pepe was attacked along Stag Lane, Newton Aycliffe, at 4pm, on November 5, last year with his owner James Cairns.

Prosecutor Jon Garside said: “As they approached Bamburgh Crescent a Staffordshire dog, called Jethro, appeared.

“It grabbed the poodle by the neck and ran off. Mr Cairns had hold of the poodle’s lead and was pulled to the ground.

“The dog was shaking Pepe and Mr Cairns tried to free his pet then a member from Kirby’s family ran up and she managed to separate them.”

He said the Kirby family seemed to sorry about the attack and they offered to take Mr Cairns and his dog to the vets.

Kirby offered to have the Staffordshire put down but Mr Cairns said this was not necessary.

Clive Booth, defending, said: “It was an accident and Kirby has genuine remorse.

“Kirby’s daughter opened the gate and Jethro ran out. The daughter ran after Jethro but unfortunately the dog attacked the poodle.”

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10:54pm Tue 19 Feb 13

hemmi1 says...

maybe kathleen kirby should be shaken by the neck all staffies should never be trusted ban them they are nowt but pit bulls
maybe kathleen kirby should be shaken by the neck all staffies should never be trusted ban them they are nowt but pit bulls hemmi1

8:54am Wed 20 Feb 13

doofah says...

@hemmi1

I agree with your statement about Kathleen Kirby, however to tarnish any particular dog breed with a poor reputation is ridiculous - they have traits, they are not programmed killing machines. In fact, no dog actually WANTS to fight.

In my experience no dog should be trusted, in years of training and behaviourism I have been bitten by more poodles, terriers and pocket pooches than I have any of the bull terrier breeds. In fact I personally have never been bitten by a bull terrier, nor have I met anyone who was except for one irresponsible owner who was beating the dog before he handed her in - I'm sure he learnt his lesson.

Dogs should be matched to owners, if you aren't a strong personality that can handle the stubborn traits of a the bull terrier / bulldog breeds then the dog will run riot, destroy your house, pee in your casserole and chew your couch cushions... In the event that something scares it, or it thinks something scares you or is a threat, in an attempt to protect you, it will throw itself into the path of danger - and stop it - if that means attacking it, then that's what they do.

Show me a yorkshire terrier that wouldn't do the same in the same circumstances?

Maybe the blame should remain with the owner, and powerful dogs should ALL be licensed, anything bigger than a cat.

Maybe the answer is forcing owners who do not have licenses to undergo a theory test and simple practical obedience training to obtain a license... per dog. Funds from training could easily go to Dogs Trust to support the dogs they never put down.

Maybe, as the court did in this case, the answer is to ensure the owner always has control, and if they don't, the dog is rendered harmless in its frenzy?

All in all I'm glad to see the dog wasn't destroyed, sad to think that the owner is still uneducated and is resorting to a muzzle, and again outraged that the government isn't enforcing licensing (coupled with microchiping and theory tests) for EVERY powerful dog.

Then, anyone failing the test for whatever breed of dog will be unable to obtain a license, and therefore, will have to rethink the size of dog they're getting.

Rant over.
@hemmi1 I agree with your statement about Kathleen Kirby, however to tarnish any particular dog breed with a poor reputation is ridiculous - they have traits, they are not programmed killing machines. In fact, no dog actually WANTS to fight. In my experience no dog should be trusted, in years of training and behaviourism I have been bitten by more poodles, terriers and pocket pooches than I have any of the bull terrier breeds. In fact I personally have never been bitten by a bull terrier, nor have I met anyone who was except for one irresponsible owner who was beating the dog before he handed her in - I'm sure he learnt his lesson. Dogs should be matched to owners, if you aren't a strong personality that can handle the stubborn traits of a the bull terrier / bulldog breeds then the dog will run riot, destroy your house, pee in your casserole and chew your couch cushions... In the event that something scares it, or it thinks something scares you or is a threat, in an attempt to protect you, it will throw itself into the path of danger - and stop it - if that means attacking it, then that's what they do. Show me a yorkshire terrier that wouldn't do the same in the same circumstances? Maybe the blame should remain with the owner, and powerful dogs should ALL be licensed, anything bigger than a cat. Maybe the answer is forcing owners who do not have licenses to undergo a theory test and simple practical obedience training to obtain a license... per dog. Funds from training could easily go to Dogs Trust to support the dogs they never put down. Maybe, as the court did in this case, the answer is to ensure the owner always has control, and if they don't, the dog is rendered harmless in its frenzy? All in all I'm glad to see the dog wasn't destroyed, sad to think that the owner is still uneducated and is resorting to a muzzle, and again outraged that the government isn't enforcing licensing (coupled with microchiping and theory tests) for EVERY powerful dog. Then, anyone failing the test for whatever breed of dog will be unable to obtain a license, and therefore, will have to rethink the size of dog they're getting. Rant over. doofah

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