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OUT OF DOG HOUSE; Dachshund escapes death sentence.

A SAUSAGE dog this afternoon escaped a death sentence.

The eight-inch-high miniature dachshund faced being destroyed under the Dangerous Dogs Act for allegedly attacking landscape gardener Shaun Anderson, pictured, outside his home.

Despite having no injuries, Mr Anderson, of Gosforth, claimed the pet dog, Lucy, had terrified him, prompting his mum to call the police.

Owner Melanie Hob-son stood trial at Newcastle Magistrates' Court but was cleared of having a dog dangerously out of control. Mrs Hobson, 26, who has two young children, said: "I wouldn't let it near the kids if it was dangerous."

The court heard how Lucy darted in and out of Mr Anderson's legs, before Mrs Hobson's two-year-old daughter Monique, pictured left with Lucy, picked her up as he screamed "if it bites me again I'll have you done".

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Date:Sep 19, 2007
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