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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Carlisle owner’s insurance failure means dog will be destroyed

A dog has been sentenced to death after its Carlisle owner failed to abide by a court order.

The pitbull, called Boulder, is to be put down because its owner did not keep him insured.

That man has now been banned from owning or caring for any animal for four years after a court said he had “shown an inability to cope and care for an animal”.

Boulder was already the subject of a court order imposed in 2011 through the Dangerous Dogs Act. It meant that the dog must be muzzled, kept on a lead in public and be covered by third-party insurance.

But, Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard his owner, Stephen Paul Lands, had let the insurance lapse, with no cover for about 15 months. Because that breached the order, the animal has to be destroyed by police, a judge was told.

Lands, 29, of Balfour Road, Raffles, admitted the breach and said the insurance was forgotten about after moving home, but that he didn’t want to lose Boulder, saying: “The dog’s my baby.”

As well as the destruction of the dog and ban on owning animals, Lands was fined £100 for breaching the court order and ordered to pay £50 costs.

In a separate case, Lands was made the subject of a four-year restraining order, banning him from making any contact with his former partner after admitting a charge of assault by beating her.

He was given an eight-week curfew between 7pm and 6am and must pay £100 compensation to his victim.

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