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Owner of dangerous dog hears how it attacked cat

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

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A MOTHER of four has been told she must keep her dog under control after it broke a cat’s back — forcing owners to have their treasured pet put down.

Emma Crispino, of Bramling Cross Road, Burton, pleaded guilty to being the owner of a dog which was dangerously out of control on August 4.

Crispino, 31, also admitted a complaint of being the owner of a dog which was dangerous and not under proper control from Staffordshire Police Chief Constable Mike Cunningham on the same date.

Burton Magistrates’ Court heard that a witness, the owner of 15-year-old Christie the cat, saw his pet running down Golding Crescent at 4pm.

He then heard Christie cry and saw a dog with her in its mouth, shaking her.

Moira Bell, prosecuting, said: “The witness shouted at the dog and it moved away. Then a neighbour intervened and the dog dropped the cat. It then tried to crawl away, but couldn’t.”

Mrs Bell went on to tell the court that the witness walked down Bramling Cross Road where he saw the dog, described as an alsatian husky cross breed, outside the defendant’s house.

He told Crispino what had happened, but she refused to look at the cat.

Mrs Bell said: “The cat’s back was broken and it had to be put down. The owner described it as an awful ordeal and said the cat was a treasured family pet.”

Another two witnesses saw the dog running around the streets on the same date, one of which witnessed the attack on the cat.

During an interview with police, Crispino told officers that one of her children opened the door and the dog ran out, but she decided not to chase it as it would have thought it was a game.

She said that the dog was friendly with her four children and she had an autistic son who loved the dog, so would go for training to keep him.

Michael Taylor, defending, said: “This was a traumatic event clearly for the owner of the cat, but it was equally as traumatic for my client.

“Since the incident, my client has moved house and where she lives now I understand the dog is secure.”

Mr Taylor told the court that it was an animal that was attacked, not another person, and since the event his client had done all she would to ensure it did not happen again. She also paid for the destruction and cremation of the cat.

Magistrates told Crispino that this was a very serious incident and was given a control order for the dog.

Crispino must also pay a fine of £100, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £25.

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 23 2012, 10:37AM

    Hi folks I actually own the dog and must say anyone can take a look at my supposed dangerous Dog you should not always be leave what u read if my dog attacked the cat in the way accused why was there no blood and also the statements given at the time were different to those readout in court . One more thing if a cat is a pet and domesticated at that why are they aloud to Rome as they please KILLING for FUN and using everyone else's gardens as a toilet . Us dog owners have to take responsibility for our dogs what about you cat owners ??????

  • Burton Mail  |  November 20 2012, 12:09PM

    Yes, Des Allen, animals chase other animals, but to say something like that is bang out of order. Show some respect for the family. What if you had a animal and that got attacked and killed would you be upset. You have serious problems

  • Burton Mail  |  November 19 2012, 8:23PM

    horrible thing to happen to the folks who owned the cat, to see a beloved pet faally injured in this way is deplorable and the dog owner should hae been treated far more harshly to send a message that dogs must be kept under control. You always hear from dog owners whenever a dog injures people or other animals that it is completely out of character. Sorry but this doesn't wash the owner has to take responsibility.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 19 2012, 4:36PM

    Yes, Des Allen - you do have serious problems, not least within your ability to spell!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 16 2012, 12:37PM

    Des Allen, you got problems dude. Serious problems.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 16 2012, 12:27PM

    Shocking story! Shame for the cat and its owners. But dogs do chase cats, thats nature folks.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 14 2012, 8:36PM

    Can you put me in touch with the owner of the husky as I would like to borrow it for a couple weeks because I live in newhall at a large premises this dog would be my saving grace it would get rid of about 10 different cats which Rome my garden at will killing dozens of my beautiful wild birds which I feed regular its sole destroying & will these cat owners put bels on them no note I used cat repellant devises with no success so this wonderfull dog could have a home anytime at my house because at the end of the day the dog only doing what's natural & chasing a cat the true facts about the cat are it was 15 years old death & blind

  • Burton Mail  |  November 13 2012, 2:25PM

    They always say "my dog is friendly with thefamily" Really? an animal that lives in a pack lifestyle is friendly to people it sees as it's pack? You don't say. I wonder how the 'Mother of Four' (as if that has any relevance) would react if the owner had killed the dog in response. I would have.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 12 2012, 2:19PM

    To label a dog as dangerous because it attacked a cat is wrong. Huskies do have a high prey instinct but are great with humans. Maybe the cat being 15 years old meant it's bones were brittle. It is a tragedy for both the cat and dog owner. For your info, all dogs can be dangerous as they originate from wolves.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 10 2012, 4:01PM

    Reading this story horrified me' as this is not a first incident of a cat being killed by a dog, again the courts have been to leanient towards the dog and its owner'. How imoral is that just because the owner paid for the cremation of the cat still dose not make it right! what as happened it makes no difference' the dog should of had a order to have it destroyed to save some other person from being heart broken in seeing there pet cat killed by a dog' is there no humanity out there with the courts this story is a disgrace by Burton Mail