Three-year ban and £2,000 penalty for owner of vicious dog

Pearl Davie was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
Pearl Davie was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

A woman whose vicious Staffordshire bull terrier attacked a pensioner and three dogs has been fined £1,750.

Pearl Davie was also told by a sheriff to pay victim Thomas McIntyre £250 compensation and she will not be allowed to keep that kind of dog for three years.

Davie (55), of The Cuillins, Tannochside, was found guilty at Hamilton Sheriff Court of allowing her dog, Blue, to be dangerously out of control in June and September last year.

Thomas McIntyre (73) suffered 21 separate wounds when he was mauled by the dog which had escaped from the garden by climbing a six-foot high fence.

He was bitten repeatedly by the Staffordshire bull terrier as he tried to protect a tiny West Highland terrier he was walking.

His wife, Rita, tried to stab the vicious dog with a Stanley knife given to her by a neighbour and another resident hit it with a hammer, but it continued to attack.

It was the second time in three months the Staffie had vaulted the fence and gone for another dog.

Retired firefighter Mr McIntyre (73) said “It kept snapping at me, catching my chin, jaw, elbows and palms of my hands.

“It was only when a workman arrived and started strangling the Staffie with his bare hands that it opened its jaws and I managed get the West Highland terrier away.”

Before Blue could be caught it attacked another dog, a boxer, being walked a short distance away.

Davie later paid vets’ bills in respect of both injured dogs which amounted to more than £1,200.

The alsatian which was the victim of the first attack in June was not injured. On that occasion also Blue jumped over the fence and attacked.

Davie told the court she didn’t consider Blue to be aggressive, but she became concerned last year when it seemed to be ‘anxious in the presence of other dogs’.

She said after the first attack she had Blue examined by a dog psychologist and improved her garden fence to make it more secure.

Davie told her lawyer, Ali Murray, she had Blue put down after the September incident, but she then got another Staffie.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Vincent Smith told Davie, a nurse, it was clear she knew Blue had ‘a propensity for violence towards other dogs’.

It had escaped twice and, according to the witnesses, caused ‘chaos and mayhem’. Indeed, on the second occasion roads were closed as police hunted for the dog.

Imposing the three-year ban, Sheriff Smith told Davie: “It’s clear you cannot control that particular breed of dog.”

Outside court the McIntyres said they were satisfied with the outcome.

Mr McIntyre, who is now suing Davie for damages, described his ordeal as ‘horrific’, adding: “It beggars belief that she bought another Staffie after all that happened.”

His wife is now afraid to go into the street where the attack took place. She said: “You should be able to walk a dog without fear of that sort of thing happening.”

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