Dog owner in court after goose is killed

Scenesetter'The Valley Road duckpond..'Picture by Neil Silk  120704a

Scenesetter'The Valley Road duckpond..'Picture by Neil Silk 120704a

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A SCARBOROUGH teenager has been ordered to keep her dog under control after it killed a goose at a Scarborough beauty spot.

Chloe Margaret Lea, 19, of Gildercliffe, admitted the offencer during a hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard how Lea had been walking her two Staffordshire bull terriers, Diesel and Rizla, in Plantation Hill on February 12 at around 4.40pm.

She was with her boyfriend who was walking his own Staffy, Lola, who was off the lead.

As the couple approached the duck pond under Valley Bridge, Lea took her dogs off the lead and let them play with some sticks.

Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said that Diesel had then run after a goose, bitten it and killed it, as members of the public looked on - with one person trying to film it on their phone.

She added: “The defendant said her dogs had not been fed on that day as she had no money for food.”

Mrs Varlow said that the incident had caused distress to the other people at the pond, but fortunately there had been no injuries caused to any other persons.

Marcus Topham, mitigating, said that the incident started when Rizla ran acros the frozen pond towards the geese.

He said: “One has taken up ‘attack mode’ and was hissing and flapping its wings at the dog. Rizla fell through the ice and Diesel ran down the hill to assist his friend.”

Mr Topham said his client then chased after the dogs, fell and skidded down the hill.

He continued: “She tried to separate the dog and the bird, even putting her hand in Diesel’s mouth to pull its jaws apart.”

Mr Topham asked the court to consider a control order, telling magistrates he had received upwards of 10 character references from neighbours, friends and a Youth Justice worker about Lea’s devotion to Diesel.

He added: “She even paid £135 for a temperament test - so concerned is she that the court gets the correct perspective.”

He summed up by saying: “My client does appreciate the mistake she made that day. The dog should have been on a lead with wildfowl in the vicinity.”