Letting 3 pets loose on a beach was referred to as a “recipe for disaster” by a judge after they savaged to death a tiny shih-tzu.
The pets – two Akita-Husky crosses and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross – pounced on the much smaller dog, Flossie, on the beach at North Gare, Seaton Carew, on July 14, Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard.And after one of
the Akitas assaulted Flossie, the small pet, bloodied and terribly hurt, wound up dying in a grownup’s arms.Michael Coverdale
, 27, of Winston Street, Stockton, Thomas Blythe, 23, of Teesdale Opportunity, Billingham, and Amelia Lukins, 23, of Duddon Stroll, Stockton, all pleaded guilty to owning/being in charge of a canine alarmingly out of control at North Gare
The Gazette reported at the time how Flossie – a pomeranian-shih tzu cross weighing simply 2.5 kilos – was assaulted while strolling on the beach with numerous grownups, including owner John Cuthbert.Mr Cuthbert stated that within seconds, 2 of the pet dogs had actually shaken the terrified shih-tzu in their jaws before a third “pit bull type” participated and “completed her off”.
And on hearing the scenarios of the case, District Judge Kristina Harrison informed the trio: “I don’t understand anyone who goes on a public beach with that kind of pet dog not under control. What a recipe for catastrophe. It’s not the dogs’ fault, it’s the owners’ fault.”
Lynne Dalton, prosecuting, informed the court how Flossie passed away in the arms of among the grownups who had actually taken her for the walk, Margaret Wade.In a statement, Ms Wade said: “I was covered in Flossie’s blood, which was very disturbing.”
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Neil Douglas, representing McDonald’s staff members Blythe and Lukins, stated they were experienced with pets and “extremely sorry for what took place.”
He included: “They thought the beach was empty and had examined before letting the canines off the lead. They realise they made a major error of judgement.”
Helen Sabiston, for Coverdale, stated he ‘d had the canine for four years, because it was a pup, without previous event and he had not let it outside without a lead since.Read More She included:”He fully accepts he
must have taken a good deal more care by keeping it on a lead.” Saying she was bound by sentencing guidelines, Judge Harrison said that based upon their incomes, Coverdale would be fined ₤ 200, Blythe ₤ 178 and Lukins ₤ 230. Each need to likewise pay ₤ 200 settlement to Mr Cuthbert, ₤ 175 to Mr Cuthbert’s partner, Lorraine Mekin, and ₤ 75 to Margaret Wade, plus ₤ 40 costs.They must also keep their dogs muzzled and on a fixed length lead when in public.And she cautioned
all three: “The bottom line is you took your pets to a public place. They are large pet dogs and
the way they responded was as a pack.”If you had kept them under control, this would not have actually happened.”If there are further incidents with any of these
pet dogs, they will be ruined.”It should be one of the most dreadful things, seeing that take place in front of you.”Speaking after the case, Mr Cuthbert stated:”I’m pleased they have been prosecuted and I think the judge summed it up perfectly.”
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