A Stockton man has been handed an 18 month Community Order and a three month Curfew Order after his pit-bull terrier type dog escaped into a neighbours’ garden and killed their family pet.
Ian McIntosh, 40, of Easington Road, appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court where he admitted to being the owner of an illegal pit bull type dog and allowing it to be dangerously out of control in a place where it was not permitted to be on January 27 this year.
The dog, Jake, escaped into the garden of a nearby property and killed a Jack Russell terrier in front of its horrified owner, whose attempts to save his pet were not successful.
The attack was investigated by Stockton Council’s Animal Welfare Officers and Mr McIntosh surrendered his dog to specialist Dog Legislation Officers, from Cleveland Police who following a detailed examination determined it to be a pit-bull type breed.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, Councillor Steve Nelson said: “We take all complaints about aggressive dogs very seriously. All dog owners, irrespective of breed have a responsibility to keep their animals under control and to make sure they do not endanger the safety of members of the public. In this case Mr McIntosh’s actions have not only resulted in the death of a pet they have also left its owner devastated. This was a very serious incident and the sentence goes some way to reflect that.”
In mitigation, Mr McIntosh said he thought his dog was a Staffordshire Bull terrier/Boxer cross breed.
He said he had propped fence panels against the picket fence to prevent his dog from escaping but that these had blown down in high winds.
But he also admitted to leaving his dog in his garden unattended while knowing that the fencing had been blown down.
Mr McIntosh pleaded guilty of two offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Following an adjournment for a probation report, he was issued with an 18 month Community Order, supervised for 18 months, a three month Curfew Order which will apply between the hours of 8pm and 7am as well as being ordered to pay £500 in compensation to the owner of the Jack Russell, a £60 victim surcharge and £200 in costs to Stockton Council at Teesside Magistrates Court today (13 May).
The dog is currently being held in Police kennels. In order to have the dog back Mr McIntosh will have to comply with a contingent destruction order within two months which includes, neutering, microchipping, tattooing, third party insurance, ensuring the dog is not walked by anyone under the age of 16, as well as being muzzled and on a lead at all times whilst in a public place. In addition Mr McIntosh must ensure his garden is surrounded by secure fencing, so that his dog cannot escape.
To report an incident involving an aggressive dog or a dog which you think may be a pit bull type dog, call Cleveland Police on 101 or Stockton Council on (01642) 526575.