Skamp is shaken, but wellBarry man fined after dangerous dog attack


Published 21 October 2014


Christopher Selby of Michaelston Close, Barry, pleaded guilty to two charges under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 at Cardiff Magistrates Court on Thursday 9 October 2014.


An investigation was undertaken by Vale of Glamorgan Trading Standards and Dog Warden Service following receipt of a complaint from a member of the public.


The court heard how two of Selby’s plumber terrier dogs had attacked a Yorkshire terrier called Skamp. Skamp suffered significant injuries which resulted in the amputation of his left ear and substantial bite wounds to his neck. The owner of Skamp feared for her own safety during the attack.


The court fined Selby £235.00 and he was also ordered to pay a Victim Surcharge along with costs of £100.00 and compensation of £331.34 to Skamp’s owner.


The Magistrates went on to consider their powers under the Dangerous Dogs Act and ordered a Contingent Destruction Order in relation to the two dogs subject to the charges. They ordered that both dogs must be muzzled and kept on a lead in a public place.


Leader of Vale of Glamorgan Council Neil Moore said: “Unfortunately it is becoming common place to hear in the news about dangerous dogs. We were lucky in this instance that no person was injured or hurt, however Skamp has been left seriously physically injured and his owner was left emotionally scarred by this incident.”


Principal Trading Standards Officer Christina Roberts-Kinsey added: “The order made by the magistrates Court expresses the seriousness of the offence and Selby was warned that ‘should the dogs in question be found to be in a public place whilst not on a lead and muzzle they would be destroyed.’”