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Grantham court: Dog avoids death for ‘out of the blue’ bite attack on passer-by

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A Jack Russell belonging to a Grantham lollipop lady narrowly avoided being put down after biting a passer-by.

The dog in question belongs to 44-year-old Donna Tilley, of Uplands Drive, who appeared in court charged with being the owner of a Jack Russell which was dangerously out of control on February 27.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, described how the defendant was at an address in Kipling Close, Grantham, accompanied by two dogs in the front garden.

The male victim was just walking past the property, when the Jack Russell ran out of the garden and bit him on the leg. It left a puncture wound on his right shin, and he attended hospital for the injury. The police were called, and Tilley apologised for what had happened.

In Tilley’s defence, Simon Cobb told the court that the Jack Russell, a female aged between three and four years old, had never done anything like this before.

On the day in question, Tilley was at her father’s home address and the Jack Russell was on a harness bought from a pound shop.

“She wasn’t let off the harness, but it didn’t do its job,” said Mr Cobb. Re-emphasising that they had never had any problems with the dog before, including with a two-year-old at home, Mr Cobb added: “This came out of the blue.”

Although Tilley, who works as a lollipop lady for five hours a week, is the registered owner of the dog, it is really the pet of her 18-year-old daughter, Mr Cobb said.

The magistrates concluded that the dog ‘does not pose a danger to the public’, but made a contingent order that it be kept under proper control in public places.

Tilley was also fined £80 and ordered to pay £75 in compensation to the victim, £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.


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