Dog destroyed after attack on boy

A STAFFORDSHIRE Terrier which attacked an 11-year-old schoolboy is to be destroyed.

Caesar’s owner Amiee Jones has also been banned for five years from keeping dogs following the incident in Hawick on March 8.

A police officer described Caesar as “one of the most aggressive dogs” he had ever dealt with.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court was told how the boy and his mother were walking in Melrose Court at around 5pm when the dog came running out of a block of flats and attempted to bite him.

Procurator fiscal Morag McLintock said: “He was snarling at the boy and the mother was kicking out at the dog to keep him away from the boy.”

Jones, 29, was described in court as incapable of looking after the dog while a dog home had refused to accept it because it was so aggressive.

Ms McLintock added: “The boy no longer plays outside and is terrified of the dog.

“It is only a matter of time before the dog carries out further attacks.”

Jones pleaded guilty to having a dog which was dangerously out of control, not on a lead and allowed to run out of a building where it attempted to bite an 11-year-old boy.

A not guilty plea to a charge of the dog biting a police constable on the leg a week earlier was accepted by the Crown.

Defence lawyer Rory Bannerman said his client had been punished enough with the destruction order as she was unable to re-house the dog.

Sheriff Donald Corke said: “This type of thing can be quite terrifying for people, particularly children.”

He imposed a destruction order under the Dangerous Dogs Act as well as a five year disqualification from keeping a dog.

In addition Jones was fined £180 and ordered to pay £120 compensation to the schoolboy.

n A HAWICK woman has admitted an £11,000 benefits fraud.

Kimberley Mullin claimed the income support over a period of more than two years without stating a male was staying at her home in Queens Drive.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court and sentence was deferred until June 29 for the production of background reports.