Dog owner fined after attack

A DOG owner from Stoneykirk was fined after one of his pets bit another dog on the street.

Matthew Allison, 37, of St Stephen’s in the village, admitted being the owner of a Staffordshire bull terrier which was dangerously out of control but said in Stranraer Sheriff Court this week that he thought the coal man had left his garden gate open, allowing the dogs to get out. He added: “I was at work at the time and everyone in the village knows me, and know my dogs don’t get out on their own or without being on a lead.”

The court heard that a walker out with his West Highland terrier saw the Stafford and another dog, also belonging to Mr Allison, approach on April 6 last year. He began to lift his dog over a nearby wall when the bigger dogs approached and began jumping up at him. However, one of the bigger dogs managed to grab the Westie’s paw and pulled it from its owner’s arms.

A neighbour came out to help separate the dogs, and it emerged the Westie had bite marks on its back and cut to its leg which cost £22 in vet bills.

Mr Allison said he paid the bill and sent flowers and chocolates, and had since had a security lock fitted on the gate. He added that he had offered his sympathy.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb fined him £175.