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Council granted Dog Control Order

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A Countesthorpe resident has been ordered to muzzle their dog whilst out in public after the death of another dog earlier this year.

Jonas Coltman of Westfield Avenue, Countesthorpe, must keep his two-year old female Dogue de Bordeaux cross secure within his own property, and must be on a lead and muzzled when in public after Blaby District Council successfully applied for a Dog Control Order at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

On 24 February this year the dog mauled a West Highland Terrier to death in a neighbouring back garden after jumping over a fence. The Council took action under the Dogs Act 1871 to obtain a Dog Control Order to prevent any further incidents.

The Magistrates’ Court judge ruled against Mr Coltman’s contested claim that the Dog Control Order was not necessary and granted a permanent order against the dog.

Failure to comply with a Dog Control Order can lead to a criminal conviction, fine and potential ban from keeping animals.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services, Said: “We are pleased with this ruling as the out of control actions of this dog have caused heartache for one owner through the loss of their beloved pet.

“It is our responsibility to take the action we feel necessary to prevent any more incidents of this nature occurring to protect both residents and their pets.”

Anyone concerned about dogs that may be dangerously out of control can be reported to the Animal Services team by filling in the form at the bottom of the Responsible Dog Ownership page of the website.

11 May 2021
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