Dog walker gets criminal record

Sarah Quinn must now keep all of her five dogs muzzled and on leads
Sarah Quinn must now keep all of her five dogs muzzled and on leads

A Bridlington woman must keep one of her dogs on a lead and muzzled when in public places after allowing one of her animals to bite another dog walker.

Sarah Quinn of Field Road in Bridlington appeared at Beverley Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 23 June, where she pleaded guilty to one charge of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place contrary to section three of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

The court heard how Quinn had been walking her five dogs, two of which were off their leads, on Gypsey Road playing fields in Bridlington on 4 September, 2014, when the two dogs ran over to another dog.

The owner of the other dog picked up her pet to protect it when the two dogs owned by Quinn jumped up and one bit her on the arm which required hospital treatment.

As well as being ordered to keep her dogs on a lead and muzzled when in a public place, Quinn was also given a two-year conditional discharge, ordered to pay £500 compensation to the victim as well as £300 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

Paul Abbott, public protection services group manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said; “Dog owners need to be responsible for their pets and keep them properly under control to avoid other dogs and their owners getting hurt.

“If we do receive complaints about irresponsible dog ownership and an offence has been committed we will have no hesitation in prosecuting.”