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Larkshall dog attack victim gets justice

A man who was attacked by a dangerous and out of control dog in Larkshall Crescent, Chingford last summer has seen the owner plead guilty to charges in court and subsequently get hit with a bill in excess of £1,300.


The prosecution was brought by Waltham Forest Council’s Dog Enforcement Team and heard at Thames Magistrates Court on Friday 5 February. Mr George Downes, 24, of 23 Larkshall Crescent, Chingford pled guilty to having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place, contrary to Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.


Waltham Forest is the only Council in London that actively enforces the Dangerous Dogs Act. On this occasion the court placed a Contingent Destruction Order on the dog, to be on a lead and muzzle when in public and not walked by any persons under the age of 18.


The court heard that on 23 June 2015 the victim was walking his dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier, along Larkshall Crescent, Chingford, when a dog belonging to Mr Downes, also a Staffordshire bull terrier, came out of his home address. It proceeded to attack the victim and his dog resulting in the victim receiving severe injuries.


In addition to the conditions, Mr Downes was ordered to pay the Council’s full costs incurred in mounting the prosecution, which ran to over £1,000, was fined £160 and must pay the victim £140.


Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, said, “This borough does not tolerate dangerous dogs and owners need to take the sorts of steps one would expect to ensure their pets are kept under control.


“I appreciate that the vast majority of dog owners do just that and would join me in condemning those irresponsible dog owners who simply aren’t taking their responsibilities seriously enough.


“If you do present a danger to others by allowing your pet to be out of control we will take you to court and they will make you pay. I hope our actions provide some form of solace to the unfortunate victim and act as a warning to others whose dogs may have dangerous tendencies that they need to control them at all times.”


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