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Ashton-in-Makerfield dog ordered to be muzzled after pet death
A dog which caused the death of a tiny Chihuahua dog must be muzzled and kept in a full body harness while out in public, a court has ordered.
It has also been banned from the caravan park in Ulnes Walton where the incident took place.
Chorley Council took civil action against Steven Menarry, 49 and his wife Jane, 43 of Bryn Road South, Ashton-in-Makerfield.
The court found their Shar Pei dog was dangerous and not under proper control after it slipped its lead and attacked the Chihuahua, called Dylan, causing fatal injuries.
Leyland magistrates heard that Dylan was being walked by his owner near his home at the Royal Umpire Caravan Park in Ulnes Walton when he was knocked over by the Shar Pei, called Wilma.
Dylan was immediately taken to the vet’s but he died from what the vet described as traumatic injuries, before surgery. The magistrates issued the control order to the Menarrys, who were staying at the caravan park when the incident happened.
This order states that the dog must be kept on a full body harness and muzzled at all times whilst out in public, and is banned from the Royal Umpire Caravan Park.
Mr Menarry was also ordered to pay £600 towards the council’s costs.
Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees animal welfare for Chorley Council, said: “This was a very distressing incident which has obviously devastated Dylan’s owners who lost a much-loved pet.
“As a dog owner myself I really do feel for them, I can only imagine just what they must be going through.
“We take the promotion of responsible dog ownership very seriously, which is why we took action against the Menarrys.
“We felt if they had kept their dog under proper control this would never have happened.”
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