MAGISTRATES ordered an “excitable” lurcher to be muzzled an on a lead in public and kept behind garden gates, after it bit a runner.
Elizabeth Evans’ lurcher Tom dashed after runner Chantel Cockle as she jogged past her Watery Lane, Upton St Leonards home and bit her elbow, Stroud Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday.
“As Miss Cockle and her running partner passed the house on September 25 a grey lurcher went out of the open gates and bit her on her right elbow,” said Graham Dono, prosecuting.
“It pierced the skin and caused bruising, and the dog ran back.”
Mr Dono said another runner had also been bitten.
In a statement read by Mr Dono, Miss Cockle said the dog bit her right elbow.
“The dog’s teeth pinched my skin and drew blood,” Mr Dono said.
“It swelled up and was very painful. the dog ran back. I felt very shaken by the incident.”
Her running partner told a man in the driveway she had been bitten and he told them the dog was Miss Evans’s, said Mr Dono.
“I took a photograph of where the dog came out from,” said Mr Dono, reading from Miss Cockle’s statement.
“I heard a man say ‘The dog’s just bitten someone’.
“I feel very concerned - I think it’s a great threat to a child. I am also concerned that the owner did not seem concerned about the aggressiveness of the dog. It is regularly out in the road.
“I feel very nervous about running past again.”
Mr Dono said other runners had experienced problems with the dog, including Carl Gwilliam.
“Another runner was bitten by the dog but did not wish to make a complaint,” said Mr Dono.
Miss Evans, 62, said she was 20 yards away and did not hear anything at the time when Miss Cockle was bitten.
In police interview, Mr Dono said she took issue with the dog being out of control but she sympathised with Miss Cockle and said Tom did not mean to injure her.
“My neighbours let Tom play with their children,” she said in court.
“I was totally unawares of what had happened. I don’t know why he (Mr Gwilliam) did not come and mention it.”
An application was made under section two of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1871 to have the dog muzzled and on a lead in public, and to keep her gate shut.
All those steps had been taken already since the incident.
Magistrates granted an order which formalises that arrangement and Miss Evans did not object to it.
Bench chairman Philip Judge said: “You obviously have a dog that is excitable, which people run past.
“Keep your gates well closed and the dog muzzled in public and on a lead.”