Two dog control orders have been handed out after animal attacks in Chorley

Chorley Council has won two court cases for dog control orders following dog attacks in the area.

Wednesday, 15th August 2018, 3:29 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th August 2018, 3:53 pm
The Dangerous Dog Act was introduced to protect members of the public (Photo: PA)

The council won these cases after another animal has been injured or died from a dog attack.

Chorley Coun Paul Walmsley, who is responsible for enforcement action, said: “There have been a few dog attacks in the Chorley area recently and we have won two court cases which have meant dog control orders have been implemented.

“Dog attacks can be serious so it’s important that these are dealt with properly to prevent them from happening again.

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“We ask that dog owners are responsible for their dogs and have control of them when taking them out in public to make sure things like this don’t happen.

“If anyone has witnessed a dog attack please come forward so that it can be dealt with properly.”

One case involved a dog attack that was tried at Blackpool Magistrates Court on Wednesday, July 11.

The case was regarding a Welsh Terrier and an Airdale Terrier attacking a cat after running off from their owner in woodlands adjacent to Long Copse, Chorley.

The Airdale Terrier returned to its owner but the owner was unable to get the Welsh Terrier back on a lead when it then proceeded to attack the cat again.

“This case is an example of poor control over a pet dog resulting in a serious injury on another person’s pet,” added Coun Walmsley.

“It’s a traumatic experience, especially when someone’s pet is left injured or has died from such an incident, so it’s important dog owners are responsible for their dogs when out in public.

“We have rules in place for a reason so we ask that people follow them and are respectful of other people and their pets.”

The court issued an order that the Welsh Terrier be kept under proper control by being securely held on a lead whenever in public.

Costs were also awarded for the sum of £1665.00.

The second case involved a dog owner that didn’t attend court on Thursday, July 26, but an order was made that the dogs must be kept on a leash.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, March 14, where a cat was killed as a result of a dog attack in Adlington.

A residents CCTV footage identified two dogs, a German Shepard and a Jack Russel attacking the cat. The dog owner then appeared with the German Shepard and a loose lead in her hand - she had let the dogs off their lead and was not within close distance to them so had little control over them.

A council spokesman said: "The dog owner attended an interview at council offices five days later and stated that she had let the dogs off the lead. She expressed her remorse.

"The defendant accepted that she had put a leash on the German Shepard after the attack but was not able to get the Jack Russell on a leash for some time.

"An order was made that the dogs must be kept on a leash and muzzled when in public. The council was awarded costs of £1051."

The council is currently investigating four other cases in which two cats have died as a result of a dog attack.