Nailsworth dog owner receives court order
Published: Tuesday, 19 September, 2017
A Nailsworth resident has received a court order after admitting that her two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs were out of control on three separate occasions earlier this year. The dogs chased and injured two dogs in separate incidents in Box Woods in March, and got into the garden of a private property where they chased and injured a cat, causing such severe injuries that it had to be put down.
Kathy Andrews attended Cheltenham Magistrates' Court and admitted responsibility for all three incidents. The Magistrate imposed Control Orders on both dogs so that they must be kept on a lead and muzzle whenever they are in a public place, and must not be walked by anyone under the age of 18. Ms Andrews was ordered to pay costs of £300.
Stroud District Council’s animal welfare officer Josie Oak attended the hearing and said:
"We receive calls on an almost daily basis about dogs attacking other animals though incidents are easily preventable if owners walk their dogs on a lead. In this case the owner should have acted responsibly after the first incident and ensured that her dogs were kept under control. She failed to do this, resulting in two further attacks. We therefore acted swiftly to make sure no other animals could be harmed."