Killer dogs must be muzzled

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Two dogs that attacked and killed a pet cat must be muzzled at all times when they leave their home, a court has ruled.

The dogs are also banned from the Rivington Hall and Rivington Hall Barn areas following the civil complaint made by Chorley Council which was heard at Chorley Magistrates Court.

The dogs’ owner, Anthony Foden, 75, of James Street, Horwich, has also been ordered to pay £410 costs.

The court was told the cat’s owner had returned home from a walk to find her pet lying dead on the wall of the private courtyard at Rivington Hall.

CCTV footage showed two greyhounds enter the courtyard and attack and kill the cat.

It also showed Mr Foden, who was carrying a muzzle, go into the courtyard and pick up the cat which he then put on the wall.

The cat’s owner reported the incident to United Utilities countryside ranger who in turn reported it to Chorley Council.

Mr Foden when interviewed under caution said he had not witnessed the attack and that he’d seen a black dog coming out of the courtyard. However, when he was shown the CCTV footage, he confirmed the two dogs were his and that he had not made any attempt to notify anyone of what happened.

In court, Mr Foden admitted his mistake and apologised for not making contact with the cat’s owner.

The court issued two dog control orders to ensure that each dog would be muzzled at all times when they leave their home and that they be excluded from the areas of Rivington Hall and Rivington Hall Barn.

Councillor Paul Walmsley, who oversees community safety for Chorley Council, said: “It is not unusual for the council to bring a civil complaint against a dog owner if the evidence brought before us is strong.

“We do have the power to take such action and in this instance these dogs were dangerous, certainly to other animals, and not kept under proper control.

“Mr Foden has been spoken to in the past about his dogs, he had insisted they were always muzzled and this clearly wasn’t the case. However, a breach of the dog control order could lead to a maximum £1000 fine.

“We need people to take responsibility for their pets and use common sense or we will take action against them.”