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Dog owners prosecuted after two separate attacks in Mid and East Antrim

Friday 2 March 2018

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has advised all dog owners in the area to ensure their pets are kept under control when in public after two residents were prosecuted over attacks.

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Mr Ian McCaig, 40, of the Aghill Road area in Cullybackey, pleaded guilty at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Wednesday 28 February 2018 of being the keeper of two dogs, a Belgium Shepherd and a German Shepherd type dog, that attacked two people and their Dogue De Bordeaux while walking in the Aghill Road area.

Mr McCaig was ordered to pay a fine of £600 plus costs totalling £212.

In a second case, Ms Laura Gardiner, of the Greenland Parade area in Larne, also pleaded guilty at Ballymena Magistrates Court on the same date, to being the keeper of a Staffordshire Terrier type dog that attacked a Yorkshire Terrier in the Inver area of Larne.

Ms Gardiner was ordered to pay a fine of £100 plus costs of £135. In addition, Ms Gardiner was ordered to pay compensation of £350 to the owner of this dog that was fatally wounded.

Charges in both the above cases related to being the keeper of dogs that attacked and injured another animal and/or persons were brought against Mr McCaig and Ms Gardiner by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council following investigations by Council’s Enforcement Officers under the Dogs (NI) Order 1983 (as amended).

Commenting on the case a spokesperson for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council said: “Mid and East Antrim Borough Council gives a high priority to the investigation of any dog attack. Complaints are investigated thoroughly and where necessary formal action is taken, such as prosecution for offences as in these cases.

“I hope serves as a warning to anyone who does not take appropriate care to prevent their dog attacking another dog or indeed other animals or persons.

“Council would ask that dog owners are responsible and ensure their dogs are under control at all times when in a public place. When their dogs are not in a public place, the keeper of the dog must ensure that their dog be securely confined in a building, yard or other enclosure from which it cannot escape.”