A WOMAN has been found guilty of owning a dangerously out-of-control dog in a public place.
However the weimaraner called Lily – which belongs to 38-year-old Andrea Millington of Prince’s Street, Connah’s Quay – has been spared being destroyed after it bit a young boy on the hand and stomach.
In a statement read out to Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday, the boy had written to say he did not want the animal to be put down.
Instead magistrates imposed a contingent destruction order where the dog has to be muzzled and on a lead whenever it is in public.
In addition Millington, an office worker, must pay a £280 fine, together with £100 costs, £250 compensation and £28 victim surcharge.
The court heard the boy was bitten while he was with a friend on a public playground in Flintshire in June last year.
Millington was at the playground at the time and she denied the animal bit the boy.
In his victim’s impact statement the youngster wrote: “I am now very nervous around dogs.
“If I see a dog in the street, even if it is on a lead, I make sure I stay away from it.
“It makes me sad. I used to really like dogs.”
The boy said he didn’t want anything to happen to Lily.
The boy’s mother described how he had come home after the attack.
“He was scared and crying, hot and sweaty. I believe my son,” she told the court.
The mother said her son’s left hand had been bitten sustaining a small cut and raised skin, and he had two puncture marks on his stomach.
Brian Cross, defending, said it had been a traumatic case for his client as well as the boy.
Mr Cross said Millington, who has been signed off work by her doctor for a week, wished the boy well.
“I don’t think anyone is suggesting she is a horrible lady,” said Mr Cross.
“She would not do anything to harm a child. The young boy does not wish anything to happen to the dog.
“She has never been in trouble with the police before.
“She is not a wealthy lady. It is very difficult for her to make ends meet in her present circumstances.”