Man Faces Court Following Dog Attacks In Wandsworth

Staffie allegedly attacked two other dogs

The council is to take legal action against a dog owner from Wandsworth whose staffordshire bull terrier is alleged to have attacked two other dogs in the area.

The owner is to be prosecuted in the magistrates court for one offence of breaching the borough’s dog control orders and two counts of contravening Wandsworth housing estate byelaws.

The offences relate to an incident in which a cocker spaniel was bitten by another dog in Battersea High Street on January 8 and a similar incident involving another dog on the Surrey Lane estate on February 22nd.

The cases are expected to be heard at Lavender Hill magistrates court.

In addition to the prosecutions, the owner of the bull terrier has also agreed to sign an acceptable behaviour contract which, if breached, could result in the council taking further legal action.

This contract stipulates that he must keep his dog muzzled and on a leash whenever he is a public place and that he must keep “tight control” over his pet at all times. Other clauses require him to prevent his dog from “interfering with any other animal or person”, stop him from exercising his dog whilst riding a bike and bar him from leaving the dog tied up and unattended anywhere.

The contract warns him that if he fails to abide by each and every one of its terms the council may withdraw permission from him keeping a dog at his property, take further legal action under anti-social behaviour legislation and could potentially result in eviction proceedings.

Housing spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “The council will not hesitate in taking legal action against owners who do not control their dogs properly or allow their pets to cause nuisance or harm to others.”


March 21, 2014