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Savage Dog

Terriers (1919)


Mrs. Florence Abbott, 7 Well-street, was charged with not keeping a dangerous dog under proper control.

-Percy Taylor, a gardener in the employ of the Corporation, said that on the 19th inst. he was proceeding home, and, in turning out of Millward-road into Well-street, the defendant’s black and white terrier attacked him on his bicycle. He jumped off, and placed the machine between himself and the dog for protection. He asked the defendant to call the dog off, but she told him to shut his mouth. The dog did not bite him. It was not the first time it had gone for him.

-Harry Browne, Well-street, gave similar evidence, adding that there was no doubt the dog was savage. It had attacked him several times, but fortunately he had had a stick with him.

-The Chief Constable (Mr. C. Greenstreet) said that on the 5th May, of last year, the Bench ordered that the dog should be kept under control. Prior to that the police served the defendant with a notice warning her that the dog was dangerous.

– In defence, Mrs. Abbott said the complainant kicked the dog on one occasion, and since then it had barked at but never attempted to bite him.—The Chief Constable said they applied for an order for the dog to be destroyed.

-The magistrates granted such order.

Source: Isle of Wight County Press 20 November 1920

Picture source: The Book of Dogs (Terriers), Nat. Geographic Soc. (1919), from wikimedia commons