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Postwoman urges owners to control dogs following attack

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29-year-old Helen Burgin has made a plea to dog owners to control their pets after she was left “scarred for live” following a brutal dog attack. The postwoman had been delivering mail on the Moss estate in August when a dog attacked her, leaving her with severe leg injuries. It was heard that at the time of the accident, children were present and the Royal Mail worker was left with two severe puncture wounds in her leg.

The owner of the 9-year-old collie cross Staffordshire bull terrier, Patch, appeared at the Macclesfield magistrates’ court last Wednesday and admitted to being in charge of a dangerous dog in a public place. 69-year-old dog owner Eric Hanaghan was fined £50 and ordered to pay £150 compensation. On top of this, Mr Hanaghan must pay £105 court costs.

“The jovial image is no laughing matter”

The court issued Mr Hanaghan with a dog control order with four conditions: the dog must be muzzled at all times, the postbox must be moved, a sign must be put in place warning members of the public, and a secure fence must be mounted in his back garden.

Ms Burgin said: “The jovial image of a postman being chased by a dog is in reality no laughing matter. I endured a horrific injury just trying to do my job and all because the owner of the dog didn’t have it under proper control.”

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