Dog savages deer in Richmond Park – owner fined with £650
A woman from Balham, aged 54, has been fined with £650 for failing to keep her 5 year-old golden Staffordshire cross dog under control and letting it maul a deer in Richmond Park.
The dog’s owner pleaded guilty via a letter addressed to Richmond Magistrates’ Court last Friday, accepting responsibility for permitting her animal to injure another animal in a royal park, according to the Your Local Guardian UK. The Staffordshire cross was let off the lead in May and despite having no history of being violent gave chase to one of the park’s iconic stags. The injured deer was thought to be aged between eight and 10 years old and had a market value of £7,000. The animal had to be shot at the scene after the traumatic chase, road accident and subsequent attack while laying injured in the road. The dog’s owner had a fine of £1,000 reduced to £650 due to her guilty plea and has also been ordered to pay £468 in compensation to the Royal Parks Agency to cover the cost of shooting and disposing of the body.
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Text source: Your Local Guardian UK