Redruth rescue dog that bit McDonald's employee must be muzzled

The owner of a rescue dog that bit a McDonald’s employee has been told the animal will be put down if it is seen outside without a muzzle.

Wally, a Lancashire Heeler, bit an employee of McDonald’s Hayle restaurant when she walked past it to the staff non-smoking area while it was tethered to railings. The bite ripped her trousers, covered her leg with blood and the dog maintained it grip when she tried to pull away.

At Truro Magistrates’ Court, Monika Williams, aged 55, of Sparnon Hill, Redruth, pleaded guilty to having a dog that was dangerously out of control on November 4, injuring Nicola Richardson.

Alison May, prosecuting, said Ms Richardson, aged 17, was walking past the dog when it sunk its teeth into her left leg. She tried to pull away but it was still hanging on. Williams ran out from the restaurant and offered to pay for the teenager’s trousers.

“Ms Richardson was shocked and crying and clutching her leg which was covered in blood,” said Ms May.

Williams gave the victim her contact details and said the dog was usually muzzled.

Ms Richardson was taken to hospital in Penzance for treatment. She was given antibiotic treatment, but had an unpleasant reaction to it, and had to stay away from college for a week. She had been left fearful of having any dog near her.

Ms May said there had been a similar biting incident with the same animal in July last year when the dog had been tied to railings.

Williams told the police she had intended taking the dog to the beach and so had not muzzled it that day, but then the weather changed and she went to the restaurant.

Since the incident she had gone to McDonald’s and taken chocolates and flowers for Ms Richardson.

Paul Simons, her solicitor, said: “Wally kicks off when he is tethered to railings and not in her company. She has had him for eight years and is genuinely remorseful about what happened.”

Williams was ordered to pay £150 compensation to Ms Richardson and £60 court costs.

The magistrates made a contingency destruction order calling for the dog to be muzzled whenever it left the house or it would be destroyed.

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1:34pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Wave says...

All dogs should be muzzled in public areas.
It's ridiculous what dogs can get away with.
A dog growled at me the other day, but I dont know what law protects me from that.
If a person in the street said something to me with aggression or warned me about getting close they would be arrested and punished. But a dog is allowed to growl or bark which is not pleasant behaviour and should not be tolerated considering a dog has teeth to enforce their behaviour and us humans have nothing.
Either that or the public should be able to carry weapons that can destroy or disable any dog perceived in any way as a threat.
All dogs should be muzzled in public areas. It's ridiculous what dogs can get away with. A dog growled at me the other day, but I dont know what law protects me from that. If a person in the street said something to me with aggression or warned me about getting close they would be arrested and punished. But a dog is allowed to growl or bark which is not pleasant behaviour and should not be tolerated considering a dog has teeth to enforce their behaviour and us humans have nothing. Either that or the public should be able to carry weapons that can destroy or disable any dog perceived in any way as a threat. Wave
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4:03pm Thu 4 Apr 13

meerkats says...

If the dog had already bitten before ,i would have thought the owner would and should have kept it muzzled even on a trip to the beach which is what she originally planned. i am a dog owner but i do not like to see dogs left outside shops etc, and it can be very off putting to actually go inside a shop/cafe when there is a dog right in the way barking at people.
If the dog had already bitten before ,i would have thought the owner would and should have kept it muzzled even on a trip to the beach which is what she originally planned. i am a dog owner but i do not like to see dogs left outside shops etc, and it can be very off putting to actually go inside a shop/cafe when there is a dog right in the way barking at people. meerkats
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10:39pm Thu 4 Apr 13

molesworth says...

This behavioural problem can be easily corrected by dog training experts. Why doesn't the magistrate insist on a cure rather than a muzzle I wonder? The dog will definitely bite again and could even kill a small child next time. It's plain the owner can't be trusted to control it...
This behavioural problem can be easily corrected by dog training experts. Why doesn't the magistrate insist on a cure rather than a muzzle I wonder? The dog will definitely bite again and could even kill a small child next time. It's plain the owner can't be trusted to control it... molesworth
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4:21pm Fri 5 Apr 13

victoriameldrew says...

no-one probably knows the true history of this rescue dog and what treatment it had to endure in its early days. I agree that if it has already bitten someone in the past, it should be muzzled. However, for someone (who's name I will not mention) to say that all dogs should be muzzled is pure nonsense. I have 2 golden retrievers and they are both soft as putty as are most of their breed. It is people who make dogs aggressive, lack of experience in handling them, being aggressive themselves towards them, not showing them who is boss. I have never taken my dogs to training classes, I feel confident that I can train them myself but, for the inexperienced or for people who prefer to have their dogs professionally trained - go for it - its a matter of personal choice.
no-one probably knows the true history of this rescue dog and what treatment it had to endure in its early days. I agree that if it has already bitten someone in the past, it should be muzzled. However, for someone (who's name I will not mention) to say that all dogs should be muzzled is pure nonsense. I have 2 golden retrievers and they are both soft as putty as are most of their breed. It is people who make dogs aggressive, lack of experience in handling them, being aggressive themselves towards them, not showing them who is boss. I have never taken my dogs to training classes, I feel confident that I can train them myself but, for the inexperienced or for people who prefer to have their dogs professionally trained - go for it - its a matter of personal choice. victoriameldrew
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8:27pm Fri 5 Apr 13

meerkats says...

all dogs should be muzzles, pure nonsense. public should be allowed to carry weapons to destroy/disable dogs perceived as threats ,totally absurd.
all dogs should be muzzles, pure nonsense. public should be allowed to carry weapons to destroy/disable dogs perceived as threats ,totally absurd. meerkats
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8:27pm Fri 5 Apr 13

meerkats says...

should have said muzzled ,not muzzles.
should have said muzzled ,not muzzles. meerkats
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2:45pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Tyrone Shulace says...

meerkats wrote:
all dogs should be muzzles, pure nonsense. public should be allowed to carry weapons to destroy/disable dogs perceived as threats ,totally absurd.
I agree it is absurd. Any weapon that could destroy a dog could probably kill a person or do serious damage and it is illegal to carry an offensive weapon. Even the police have to be trained to use Tazars. Who would decide what was perceived as a threat anyway, there would probably be irresponsible people using the weapons uneccessarily. This is Britain, a civilised country. I think some people would be better off living on an island on their own.
[quote][p][bold]meerkats[/bold] wrote: all dogs should be muzzles, pure nonsense. public should be allowed to carry weapons to destroy/disable dogs perceived as threats ,totally absurd.[/p][/quote]I agree it is absurd. Any weapon that could destroy a dog could probably kill a person or do serious damage and it is illegal to carry an offensive weapon. Even the police have to be trained to use Tazars. Who would decide what was perceived as a threat anyway, there would probably be irresponsible people using the weapons uneccessarily. This is Britain, a civilised country. I think some people would be better off living on an island on their own. Tyrone Shulace
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