Gosport dog owner fined after pet bites police officer

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  • Brian Pepper, from Gosport, has been fined after his white German shepherd bit a police officer
  • The dog was on a lead and had a chest harness when the incident happened
  • Fareham magistrates sentenced him to pay £35 and £50 compensation
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THE owner of a dog who bit a police officer has been fined.

Brian Pepper appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to being an owner or person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury.

The court heard that Pepper, 64, had been pulled over on Longfield Avenue, Fareham, by police with his white German shepherd sat in the back of the car.

He was informed his car would have to be towed and he should take his belongings with him.

Pepper put his dog on a full chest harness and lead and took it from the car.

While walking from the car, the dog bit PC Nicola Sarjeant on the leg. It immediately let go and sat down.

This is the second time Pepper, from Homer Close, has appeared in court for being the owner of a dangerous dog.

He was told at that hearing to keep the German shepherd on a short lead and to keep it muzzled in a public place.

The court heard that, in his defence, Pepper had the dog on a lead with a chest harness and had hold of the lead when the incident happened.

Sentencing, chairwoman of the magistrates Linda Gilbert fined Pepper £35 and ordered compensation of £50 to be paid to the officer. Pepper also has to pay £25 court costs.