Dog without a lead bit man's hand as he tried to help cat
A DOG caused nasty injuries to a man – and killed a cat – during a frightening incident after it ran into a garden, Grimsby magistrates heard.
It bit the man's hand, causing a puncture wound, while he was making frantic efforts to rescue the cat.
Daniel Merriman, 26, of Victor Street, Grimsby, admitted being in charge of the dog when it caused problems on March 12.
The incident happened when the dog ran into a private garden in Bodiam Way, Grimsby.
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The court heard that Merriman was temporarily in charge of the dog for a friend – but the animal was not on a lead.
Merriman was distracted and apparently talking to someone in the street when the dog spotted the cat in the garden.
It started barking at the gate, which was not closed properly, and it managed to get inside.
The dog ran inside and attacked the cat, called Poppy, which tried to escape by jumping over a fence, the court heard.
The dog grabbed hold of the cat as it did so. Merriman went into the garden and got hold of the dog. Jordan Musson went outside from the house to try to help.
The dog bit him on the hand, causing a puncture wound, as he tried to help the cat.
The cat was taken to the vet's but later died, the court heard.
Steven Freestone, mitigating, said the dog did not belong to Merriman and he took it for a walk as a favour for his friend. He had not been given a lead but it had never caused any problems before.
There had been no reason for Merriman to be concerned and no problems had been caused to people in the street, said Mr Freestone.
Unemployed Merriman was given a two-year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £500 compensation.
No orders could be made concerning having the dog destroyed or being kept under proper control because Merriman was not the owner.
Merriman originally denied the offence but later changed his plea.