A pensioner whose dog attacked two children has been told he must keep it muzzled and away from a local school, or face having it destroyed.
Preston magistrates found that the whippet Rocky belonging to Patrick Courtney, 73, of Cleveleys Road, Hoghton, near Preston, was dangerous and not kept under proper control.
The animal attacked two brothers, aged six and nine, as they played on the park next to Coupe Green Primary School after school last May. The brothers both needed hospital treatment after being bitten in the unprovoked attack.
The court heard that Rocky had broken free from its lead when Courtney fell over and lost control of the three dogs he was walking. He told magistrates he did not witness the incident.
Magistrates placed a contingent destruction order on the dog which, if breached, would mean the pet must be destroyed.
Courtney must ensure Rocky is kept on a lead and muzzled when being walked in a public place: he does not walk the dog on Coupe Green Primary School or Coupe Green Park in Hoghton; and Rocky is neutered and micro-chipped within 28 days. Courtney was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs to South Ribble Borough Council.
Coun Peter Mullineaux, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, said: “The council worked hard to bring this case to court, requesting the destruction of the animal, because there is real concern in the community about the behaviour of this dangerous dog.”