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Woman fined over dangerous dog

Posted in: Animal Bites 

A woman has been fined after the dog she was in charge of viciously attacked a neighbour. Theresa Miskimmin had been in charge of the dog, ‘Whinney’, when the accident happened last year. Her neighbour, Dawn Johnson, suffered multiple injuries after the dog jumped up and bit her in the middle of the street.

It was heard that the dog escaped for Ms Miskimmin’s garden in Leigh before attacking Ms Johnson.  However, the attack was not reported as she only suffered minor injuries. 

This year, however, on the 25th of February, Ms Johnson spotted Ms Miskimmin walking the Staffordshire bull terrier on a lead.  The dog appeared to be out of control so she crossed the road.  The dog spotted her and ran towards her. Prosecuting Ms Beattie said: “The dog then bit her and she felt immediate pain and blood running down her leg.

Afraid to leave the house

Ms Johnson was taken to Wigan Infirmary for her wounds. Teeth marks, bruising and bleeding covered her leg following the incident. Ms Beattie said that her client is now afraid to leave the house.

Ms Miskimmin was given a 12-month community order, meaning she has to complete 80 hours of unpaid work. In addition to this, she has been banned from owning or looking after any dogs for five years, as well as being ordered to pay £50 in compensation to the victim for the first incident and £100 for the second.

The dog is due to be destroyed.

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