Bullmastiff that killed Labradoodle puppy in Lower Dean escapes “destruction order”

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A Bullmastiff that attacked and killed a puppy in a Bedfordshire village will not be put down.

The dog, called Rebel, was being walked with two other dogs when it savaged the 10-month-old mini Labradoodle, Wallace, in Lower Dean.

Today (22 January) its owner Joseph Dunn, aged 53, of Butts Road, Raunds, Northamptonshire was ordered to pay a total of £6,500 by a judge at Luton Crown Court after being convicted of being in charge of a dog that was dangerously out of control in a public place.

Judge Ross Johnson said the puppy’s owner, who was injured, is to receive £3,000 compensation. Mr Dunn must also pay a £500 fine and £3,000 kennelling costs.

The judge made a “contingent destruction order” meaning Rebel will be put down unless Mr Dunn abides by conditions that the dog wears a muzzle in public. The handler, who must be over 18, must wear a belt leash and the dog is not to be walked with other dogs.

Prosecutor Toby Roseman said the attack happened on 11 December 2021.

The puppy’s owner suffered scars to the hand and leg. The owner had bought a new dog but flinches when they see other dogs and walks in the opposite direction.

Pamela Rose, defending, said the puppy had gone over to Rebel, who broke away from Mr Dunn and whose muzzle failed.

She said Mr Dunn was of previous good character and had a large secluded garden.

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