Conditional discharge after dog bit mum in Welshpool

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A MAN was given a conditional discharge by Welshpool Magistrates after his border collie dog bit a mother.
 
Robert Payne, 57, of Leighton View,  admitted  being in charge of a dog that was out of control and attacked a women on June 6, on the Oldford Estate, Welshpool.
 
Prosecutor Helen Tench told the court Annabelle Smith was walking with her two children in the estate at 4pm.
 
She saw the owner, Payne, with his dog and was wary as the dog was not muzzled and he was muzzled when she had previously seen them.
 
When walking past  Payne pulled the dog to the other side of him, but when they were parallel, the dog pulled back, jumped up and bit her on the upper thigh.
The bite broke the skin and Payne left the scene.
 
In a victim personal statement, Miss Smith said she was wary when she saw dogs out now.
 
Payne saw comments about the incident on Facebook, and gave a voluntary interview to the police.
 
He said his dog was not a bad tempered dog, he was sorry for the incident and was glad he did not nip the children.
 
Paul Inns, for Payne, said the owners had since taken the dog to the vet’s to see if it should be put down and also to a dog psychiatrist.
 
On the day of case, the complainant to the court, and told the defendant’s wife she did not wish for the dog to be destroyed.
 
Magistrates made Payne subject to a six month conditional discharge, and the dog subject to a contingency destruction order, and for it to be on a lead and muzzled in a public place.
 
He was ordered to pay £50 compensation, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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