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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Attack on Cumbrian mum by out-of-control dog

A mother was attacked by an out-of-control dog outside a village school, a court heard.

Samantha Murray suffered bruising and her trousers were torn after the dog “went for” her.

The attack happened as Mrs Murray was coming out of Plumpton Primary School after dropping off her children, Carlisle Magistrates were told.

A small ginger ‘Jackahuahua’, a cross between a Jack Russell and a Chihuahua, latched onto Mrs Murray’s leg.

The dog, which belonged to Karen Ann Oxley, was on a lead while being walked by a little girl.

Oxley, 36, of Byrnes Close, Plumpton, apologised to Mrs Murray the next day.

She had left the two-year-old dog with the child after an emergency involving one of her children running off, the court heard.

Oxley admitted to police that she had given the dog a muzzle as it had bitten someone else before but it didn’t like it.

Tariq Khawam, defending, said three weeks earlier the dog had taken issue with a friend of Oxley’s and nipped her.

The same lady called police in relation to the latest incident, not the victim, he added.

He also said that prior to the first incident there had been no reason to suggest the dog needed a muzzle.

And if Oxley had been outside the school at the time the incident wouldn’t have happened, Mr Khawam added.

Oxley, who was said to be extremely remorseful, admitted allowing the dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.

She was fined £225 and ordered to pay £100 compensation, a £23 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Magistrates will consider whether the dog should be destroyed following a report from a dog behavioural expert.

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