Tayside and Central Scotland

Dog named Lucky that attacked teens to be destroyed

A dog named Lucky is to be put down after attacking two teenagers.

A destruction order was imposed on the unfortunately-named Staffordshire bull terrier at Perth Sheriff Court.

The dog's owners argued that the animal was in "discomfort" after being castrated two days previously when it bit the teens in Crieff on 10 November.

However, Sheriff Lindsay Foulis said he was not satisfied that the dog would not pose a danger to the public in future - and ordered it put down.

Owner Joanna Komosa, 37, was fined £200 and ordered to pay £500 to each of the dog's two victims, Dale Robson and Aimee Bilsland, after she admitted being responsible for a dog that was dangerously out of control.

Fiscal depute Jim Eodanable told the court that Lucky had been being walked along with another dog by Komosa's son when he let them off the leash to go back into the house.

However, the door he was trying to enter was locked and Lucky made off around the house and ran towards Mr Dobson, 19, and Miss Bilsland, 18, who were walking nearby.

'Very remorseful'

The dog bit Miss Bilsland behind the knee, before biting Mr Robson, who was trying to push the girl away, on the left buttock.

Both were taken to the local hospital with bite marks and were later released.

Defending, solicitor John Adams told the court that Komosa was "very remorseful" about the incident.

"Her explanation is that the dog had been castrated two days previously," he said.

"Immediately after the procedure, the dog was maybe still in some discomfort.

"It may be the close proximity to the procedure which has caused this."

Mr Adams asked the court to accept that a destruction order was not necessary as the dog is now muzzled at all times and walked only by Komosa and her husband.

However, Sheriff Foulis ordered the dog's destruction, saying: "This is an aggravated offence where I am obliged to order destruction of the dog unless I'm satisfied that the dog would not constitute a danger to public safety."

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