TWO dogs were savaged as they walked up a country lane, a court heard.
Two other dogs – a Stafforshire Bull Terrier named Robson and a Belgian Shepherd dog named Cale – escaped from their owner’s property and attacked the dogs near Caergwrle.
Their owner Adrian Dunlop, 60, of Glen Avon, Porch Lane, Caergwrle, admitted a civil complaint of having dogs which were dangerously out of control.
District Judge Andrew Shaw said he accepted that Dunlop was a responsible dog owner who had since remedied the situation and installed secure pens.
The judge made a control order and ordered him to pay £200 costs.
Judge Shaw said he did not have the power under such a charge to award compensation, but said he had absolute confidence Dunlop would pay the veterinary fees incurred by the complainant, his neighbour Margaret Williams.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, told Flintshire Magistrates Court that on May 5 Mrs Williams was walking her two dogs up the lane and outside Dunlop’s property his two dogs ran out and attacked her pets. Her dogs were injured and it caused her great upset.
She tried to intervene, along with two members of the public, another neighbour and someone who was running in the area.
Dunlop heard the commotion, went out of his property and took his two dogs back in. He was very apologetic.
Interviewed, he said he had left the gate open while parking his car.
He had gone into the house to get the keys to another vehicle which was in the way but had been distracted by the telephone. It was during this time the animals escaped.
Mrs Williams had paid £112 in vet’s fees.
Brett Williamson, defending, said his client accepted full responsibility for what had occurred.
It was a quiet rural lane where he would not often see anyone passing for days, but unfortunately just at the time he was distracted a neighbour was passing with her dogs.
Mr Williamson said Dunlop had since installed pens which would prevent such a thing happening again and they had been inspected by a dog warden.
One dog had already been castrated and the other was due to be.