Kendal dog gets death sentence reprieve after killing sheep and biting postman (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Kendal dog gets death sentence reprieve after killing sheep and biting postman
4:49pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A DOG that savaged sheep in two Kendal fields has been reprieved from a death sentence after its owner promised that in future she would keep it on a lead.
South Lakes magistrates had ordered the five-year-old lurcher bitch - called Stella - to be destroyed after she bit a postman in 2009, killed one sheep and injured several others in 2010 and killed three more in April this year.
But at Carlisle Crown Court on Friday her owner, Mrs Julie Hodgson, of Burneside Road, Kendal, successfully appealed against that sentence.
Instead the judge imposed a strict control order, which means Stella can only be walked by Mrs Hodgson or her husband Richard, and then only when she is muzzled and on a lead.
The court heard that the dog was already under a control order, imposed after she bit postman Donald Southall on the hand as he walked past the Hodgson’s house in December 2009.
That ordered Mrs Hodgson never to allow the dog to be taken on walks without being on a lead.
But in August 2012 Stella killed a lamb and a sheep, and maimed two more so severely they had to be destroyed, when she ran off after Mr Hodgson let her off the lead on a riverside path near his home.
And in April this year she killed three more sheep after family friend Andrew Hall let her off her lead while walking her at Carus Green.