Dangerous dog to be destroyed after attacking elderly woman
Posted: June 8, 2014
Posted in: Animal Bites
Magistrates ordered that a dog is to be destroyed after it attacked an elderly woman and her two Jack Russells. The owner of the Staffordshire bull terrier Mel Mel, Tara Wai Ling Pang, was found guilty of allowing a dangerous dog to be out of control in a public place and causing injury.
The attack left grandmother Samantha Ripley severely injured and covered in blood, while one of her Jack Russell’s, Shelby, was fatally wounded, and the other injured. Ms Ripley said: “My memories will never heal. She was my baby.”
It was heard in court that Ms Ripley had been walking her dogs near Joyce Green Lane in Dartford on April 18 2013 when three Staffordshire Bull Terriers, belonging to Ms Pang, attacked her and her dogs. It was heard that the three dogs had escaped from her back garden.
Ms Pang was found guilty of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, an offence under the Dangerous Dog Act. She was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, pay £500 in compensation, £450 in costs and a victim surcharge of £60. The main aggressor, Mel Mel, is due to be destroyed. Her two other dogs must be muzzled and kept on a lead at all times when in public. If either of her other dogs attack in future, they will too be destroyed.
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