Appeal to overturn dog’s death sentence refused

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A COURT has refused to overturn a death sentence on a dog which bit two people in Mildenhall.

Bruno, a three-year-old German shepherd, had bitten a cyclist and a pedestrian 
during a six week period last year.

The dog’s owner, Kenton Hooker, 51, of Selwyn Close, Mildenhall, lodged an appeal against an order imposed by magistrates that it should be destroyed.

Judge John Devaux, sitting with two magistrates, rejected the appeal at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday.

Hooker had been convicted at Bury St Edmunds Magistates’ Court of being the owner of a dog which was dangerously out of control and caused injury in a public place in Gonville Close, Mildenhall, on November 2.

Magistrates gave Hooker a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £250 in compensation to the victim of the attack Christine Barton who had been on her bicycle when she suffered a bite to her leg.

Six weeks earlier, Bruno had bitten a man on the thigh as he walked along a footpath in the town.

In addition to rejecting Hooker’s appeal against the destruction order, Judge Devaux said the amount of compensation he must pay to Mrs Barton should be raised to £500.

Jo Harris, appearing for Hooker, told the court that Bruno was a rescue dog and had been owned by Hooker for only a short time when the two incidents occurred.

She described Hooker as a responsible dog owner.