Reprieve for dog.
A DOBERMAN which savaged another dog and then injured the dog's owner as he struggled to wrench them apart has been granted a reprieve.
But Nigel Cooper, owner of eight-year-old Molly, must ensure that the dog is muzzled and kept on a lead in public in future.
Magistrates in Prestatyn heard that Stephen Foale was exercising his two border collies in Clocaenog Forest, near Ruthin, on May 14 when one of them, called Tess, was suddenly attacked by Molly, whose owner was not in sight.
The Doberman sank its teeth into Tess' neck and when Mr Foale tried to separate them he suffered cuts and bruises to his arms and chest. Tess ran off but later needed treatment by a vet. Cooper pleaded guilty to owning a dog dangerously out of control and causing injury.
He was fined PS95 and ordered to pay Mr Foale PS240 in compensation.
He must also pay court costs of PS85, a criminal court charge of PS180 and a surcharge of PS20. A contingency destruction order - a form of suspended sentence - was imposed subject to the conditions about a muzzle and lead.