Dangerous dog owners in court

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Two women have been warned that their pet dogs could be destroyed if they do not comply with a court ruling.

Kyleigh Squires, of Sycamore Gardens in Heysham and Claire Cornthwaite, of Ryelands Road in Lancaster were both ordered to meet several strict requirements after they agreed not to oppose the civil applications at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Lancashire police had applied to magistrates for contingent destruction orders of the two dogs, both pit bull type animals.

The orders, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, mean Cornthwaite and Squires must both undertake several actions within the next two months.

Lancashire Constabulary solicitor Luke McGrath told both defendants that if they fail to comply with the order, their dogs will be put down.

As part of the order, the owners must fulfil strict criteria, including keeping the dog muzzled and on a lead and in the control of a person over 16 at all times whilst in a public place, having the dog micro-chipped and tattooed, keeping the dog insured against third party liability and having the dog neutered.

The dog must also be registered on the Index of Exempted Dogs maintained by DEFRA on behalf of the government.

The owners are also now forbidden from giving away or selling their dogs.

In addition to the order, Cornthwaite was ordered to pay a contribution to court costs of £50, while Squires must pay £75.

Both dogs will be returned to their owners once the criteria have been satisfied.

Squires told the court her dog, Junior, came from “a lovely home.”

“He is well cared for,” she said. “I feel it is unfair that he was seized. I have a seven-year-old child and there have been no problems between the dog and the child.”