Child Bitten

After a dog bit a child in a vets the owner has been ordered to keep it muzzled and on a lead in public.

The dog, a Bichon Frise Cross, was at a vets on Anlaby Retail Park when it bit a child. Owner of the dog, Carol Barker, pleaded guilty in Beverley Magistrates Court for allowing her dog to be “dangerously out of control”.

The incident, which happened on the 5th of June, is quite similar to the case of Jed, the sheepdog that bit a child in Hornsea. The owner of Jed is currently appealing to stop the dog from being destroyed, after getting more than 68,000 signatures in support of the appeal.

Magistrates agreed that, despite biting the child, the dog was not an immediate danger to the public. This decision meant that no immediate order to have the dog destroyed was made. However future incidents involving this dog will, naturally, take this case into account. The Magistrates also found Carol Barker to be a responsible owner.

Muzzling Order

Owing to the injury of the child, the court found it necessary for the Bichon Frise to be kept under proper control. They ordered that the dog should be kept on a lead and wear a muzzle in public.

Carol Barker was also given a six-month conditional discharge, and was ordered to pay compensation. She was ordered to pay £300 in compensation, £200 in costs, and a £20 victim surcharge.

Council Statement

David Howliston, the Environmental Control Manager of East Riding Of Yorkshire Council, said:

Dog owners have a responsibility to make sure their pets do not present a risk of other people getting hurt.

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