Dog owner fined after losing control of his French Mastiff during incident in Saxilby
A dog owner has been fined £230 after he lost control of his French Mastiff, which then came close to attacking a woman.
Anna Yardley was delivering leaflets at the home of Warren Harrington-Gill, in Bridge Street, Saxilby, on August 12 last year.
Lincoln Magistrates Court today heard that she approached Harrington-Gill's door while pushing her three-year old child in a buggy when she was confronted by the dog, which she has said was "snarling".
Ms Yardley fell to the floor and the dog ripped her dress, but she managed to escape with her child and close the gate behind her.
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Prosecuting solicitor Jane Loader said: "She's concerned if she pushed the buggy through the gate first, the dog would've bitten her three-year-old child."
The court also heard that Harrington-Gill, 38, came running out of his house when he heard the commotion outside to control his dog.
His solicitor, Sunil Khanna, said Harrington-Gill had approached a vet voluntarily to help determine whether or not the dog should be destroyed.
Before issuing the fine, which included £30 in compensation to Ms Yardley for the damage to her dress, District Judge John Stobart said: "If you are considering your options, consider that if she had been injured, this would have been a very serious matter."
Harrington-Gill has also been ordered to keep his dog under proper control while out in public using a lead and a muzzle.