Owner warned after ‘excitable’ dog neighbour

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A dog owner has been warned he must keep his pet under control after the animal bit a woman’s leg in an unprovoked attack.

Matthew Chandler’s dog bit Anne Warsap in the leg and ankle when it lunged at her on August 19, leaving her in pain and in need of a tetanus shot.

On Wednesday, Chandler, 39, of Kitwood Road, Boston, admitted owning a dog which was dangerously out of control, but Boston Magistrates’ Court was told he was baffled as to why it behaved in that way when it has never bitten anyone before.

John Storer, defending, said: “They have had the dog since it was a pup. It has come across the complainant on numerous occasions before and there has never been any trouble. They are at a complete loss as to why on this occasion the dog went over and bit her with seemingly no provocation.

“They are very sorry the dog has done this.”

District Judge John Stobart heard that Ms Warsap was returning from taking her bin out when she saw the dog fly out of a neighbouring flat in an over-excited state, before running at her and biting her twice.

Reading from her police statement, prosecutor Edward Johnson said: “I love animals but this is unacceptable. The owner should keep the dog under control.”

Chandler was given a court order stating that in future he must keep the dog under control as any similar incidents could lead to the animal being destroyed. The dog must wear a muzzle when out in public.

He was also fined £175 and told to pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.

Passing sentence, Mr Stobart said: “This must have been a terrible shock and fright for the woman who loves dogs and was just minding her own business when your dog was let out in an excitable state.”