Owner fined after dangerously out of control dog bites walker

After the incident Marylne Beattie pled guilty at Falkirk Sheriff Court earlier this month to being the owner of a dog that was dangerously out of control
After the incident Marylne Beattie pled guilty at Falkirk Sheriff Court earlier this month to being the owner of a dog that was dangerously out of control

A pet owner lifted her pooch out of the way when they were approached by a bigger dog - but ended up being attacked by the huge animal.

Mum-of-five Donna Longmuir was walking her Yorkshire Terrier Alfie along a path near her home in Slamannan on May 4 when she saw her neighbour Marylne Beattie and her eight-and-a-half stone Labrador/collie cross Yogi coming the other way.

Aware that it could be aggressive, she picked up Alfie to get him out of potential harms away, but seconds later was bitten on the right arm by Yogi.

Beattie (50), from Balquhatsone Crescent, Slamannan, later appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court and pled guilty to being the owner of a dog that was dangerously out of control.

Procurator fiscal depute Graham McLachlan said: “The witness has heard that this dog could be aggressive. She picks up the Yorkie and she gets bitten - her right arm gets the brunt of it.”

Defence lawyer Simon Hutchison explained: “My client was walking her dog on a lead. It is eight-and-a-half stone in weight and is an imposing animal.

“The lady with the Yorkie was coming the other way. My client said ‘just stand to one side and it will be okay’, but the other lady picked up her dog and started screaming.

“My client’s dog got away from her, went to bite the Yorkie, but got its owner instead.

“Miss Beattie has since had her dog neutered and I am told this has led to it being better tempered and better controlled.”

Sheriff Valerie Johnston asked for the dog’s weight to be expressed in metric. When told it equated to roughly 55 kilos, she remarked: “That’s enormous.”

She fined Beattie £120 and ordered her to pay Mrs Longmuir £100 compensation.

After the case Beattie described the animal as “imposing” and “as big as a bear” - and said she had considered having Yogi put down, but had borrowed £200 from her brother to have the five-year-old mongrel neutered instead.

She added: “I should have had it done when he was a puppy, but I never had the money. I never take him out now without a muzzle.

“He’s just a big, aggressive male dog, it’s in his genes. After it happened there was Facebook campaign in the village saying Yogi was a dog murderer and he’d kill a child. I was quite upset about that.”

Mrs Longmuir said: “It was terrible. I’ve been left with some nerve damage and Alfie’s still funny with big dogs.”