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Dog bites woman, and the owner pays the price - £1,685 to be exact

A dog owner who pleaded guilty to an offence committed under the Dangerous Dogs Act after his pet was found to be dangerously out of control in a public place, has been successfully prosecuted by Waltham Forest Council.

The Council took Mr Laurence Kroble, of Falmouth Avenue, Chingford to Thames Magistrates Court on 27 November following an incident in Falmouth Avenue on 9 June 2015 that resulted in a member of the public being bitten.

Mr Kroble was prosecuted under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act. Waltham Forest Council is the only borough in London to actively enforce the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Mr Kroble was fined £200 and ordered to pay £75 compensation to the victim, the Council’s legal costs to the tune of £1,240, a criminal court surcharge of £150 and a Victim Surcharge of £20. 

A collection order for the full amount of £1,685 was made by the court ensuring that Mr Kroble has to pay £150 a month, starting on 11 December.

The court also imposed a Contingent Destruction Order on the dog with the conditions that the dog must be walked on a fixed length short lead by an adult over 16 in public, and that it must be muzzled at all times whilst in a public place. As the name suggests, if these conditions are not met the dog may be destroyed.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, said, “We have a very well-resourced and professional Dog Enforcement Team in this borough that take these matters very seriously.

“If you allow your dog to be dangerously out of control they will act and you will find the full force of the law brought against you. The courts have shown they back our stance on this and agree that dog owners must take responsibility for their pets.

“Obviously most dog owners do just that and most dogs are obedient and friendly, but if your dog has the potential to bite – whether a person or another dog – then you need to take all the necessary steps to stop that eventuality.

“As this case proves, failure to do so will not only have a detrimental impact on your cash flow, but it could have dire consequences for your pet too.”

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