Jack Russell that injured woman in Portsmouth attack will not be put down, court rules

A WOMAN whose Jack Russell attacked another person has been told she can carry on owning dogs.

By David George
Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 3:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 11:18 am

Kirsty Seymour, 29 from St Mary’s Road, Fratton, pleaded guilty to being in charge of an out-of-control dog

On May 9 last year, Seymour’s Jack Russell, called Tommy, was out of control and injured another woman.

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Appearing at Portsmouth Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Seymour was told that not only can she continue owning dogs, but Tommy will not be put down as a result of the incident.

Chairman of the magistrates bench, Kevin Head, told her: ‘You are remorseful and the incident was an isolated one.

‘We’re not going to disqualify you from owning a dog.

‘We need to think about public safety, but are not of the view that Tommy presents a danger to the public – so we won’t have him destroyed.’

Seymour, who appeared visibly relieved in the dock, must pay £50 in compensation to the injured woman, as well as £85 for court costs.

‘I’m sure you’re going to be even more careful in the future,’ Mr Head added.

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