THE owner of a pitbull terrier-type dog which used to go into Looe dressed up as a pirate to raise money for the town has agreed this week to keep him under control after he attacked another dog and its owner.
Bodmin court heard that William bit a Jack Russell in a park in Looe and then attacked its owner when he tried to intervene.
But William’s owner 62-year-old Linda Astin, of Glebelands, Looe, told the court: “He’s not a danger to people. He used to go into Looe dressed up as a pirate – on a harness and lead – and children loved him and stroked him.”
She went on: “The Jack Russell from the end of the road comes round to play with him, and stays overnight, and he also has other Jack Russell friends.”
Mrs Astin appeared at Bodmin court on Monday when magistrates granted the contingent dog destruction order in respect of William.
Tara Smith, applying for the civil order on behalf of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, told the court that the Jack Russell had been injured after being bitten by William but officers had found him to be a sociable, friendly animal who had not been involved in any previous incident and was not deemed to be a danger to the public.
Mrs Astin did not contest the order and agreed that William should be micro-chipped and neutered – which has already taken place – tattooed and kept on a lead and muzzled when out in public. He should also be walked by a person aged over 16