A SOLDIER who let his pet whippet off its lead watched on in horror as it savaged another dog.
The dog, called Taz, was being taken for a walk by owner Mark Lewis, 30, in Nant Y Gaer woods near Wrexham when it turned on a female whippet and inflicted “very nasty and substantial injuries”.
Lewis, of Eighth Avenue, Llay, admitted being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control in a public place and was handed a £200 fine by Wrexham magistrates.
He was also ordered to pay £101 compensation to the injured dog’s owner, £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Lewis, who told magistrates he was “deeply sorry” for what took place, was also told Taz would be placed on a control order, meaning the whippet must be on a lead at all times when out in public.
The prosecution and defence agreed a destruction order against the dog would be inappropriate.
The incident took place on May 30 when Lewis, who has twice served the British Army in Iraq, was walking Taz and two terriers.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, said Lewis let Taz off the lead to have a run. But it soon set upon a female whippet and they began fighting. The injuries sustained by the female dog were said to be “very nasty and substantial”. The owner faced veterinary bills of more than £680.
Stephen Edwards, defending, said Lewis was aware of Taz initially running over to the female whippet but was not concerned when the pair of whippets began to become familiar with one another.
The exchange appeared playful until the female dog nipped Taz on the nose and they began to fight as the owners “watched on in horror”.
Mr Edwards said Lewis tried to separate the two dogs but was trying to keep hold of his two terriers in the other hand, which were still on leads but becoming increasingly excited.
He said Lewis lives with his partner and their two daughters and they would both be devastated if their dog had to be put down.