Yorkshire terrier killed in Rottweiler attack

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A DONCASTER man has been fined £1,800 and ordered to keep his dog muzzled in public after it killed another dog and injured its owner in an unprovoked attack in Lancashire.

The Rottweiler broke out of the former home of Robert Price, 26, in Leyland, Lancashire, knocking dog walker Michael Atkinson to the ground, causing him to injure his hip and back.

The out-of-control dog savaged and killed Mr Atkinson’s Yorkshire terrier Pip, shaking her “like a rag doll”.

Price, of Gleneagles Drive, Bessacarr, pleaded guilty to breaching the Dangerous Dogs Act at Leyland Magistrates’ Court.

He was fined £300 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge, legal costs of £602.50, kennel costs of £824 and £100 compensation to Mr Atkinson as a result of the court action taken by South Ribble Borough Council.

Magistrates also ordered he must keep his dog on a lead and muzzled at all times when in a public.

If he is caught breaking the order, his dog will be destroyed.

Price’s former partner Lisa Sherratt, 26, of Station Lane, Barton, Preston, was ordered to pay £725 by Leyland magistrates in October, 2010, after pleading guilty to the same charge relating to a second dog.

Sherratt’s Rottweiler was destroyed after she signed a disclaimer handing over control of it to South Ribble Council.