A WOMAN who runs a rescue centre for abandoned puppies from her Burton home faced a court after her two pet dogs attacked a passer-by.
Emma Nicholson, 33, who operates Impawtant Pups Rescue from her house in Jasmine Close, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court where she pleaded guilty to a charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act of allowing the animals to be dangerously out of control in a public place and causing injury.
The two dogs – Gambit and Castiel – are pets she and her husband have owned for three years.
The court heard that Daniella Stokes, 21, was walking down an alleyway in Honeysuckle View when she saw the two large dogs running towards her. They jumped up at her and one bit her hand.
Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said: “Daniella Stokes was walking out of the alleyway on the phone and heard the dogs barking. She looked up and saw the dogs running towards her. She stood still because she was scared of what they would do if she ran.
“As soon as they got to her the white one (Gambit) jumped on her and she felt a bite to her hand. They got off her and ran off.”
The woman suffered two bite marks and swelling to her hand.
Ms Thompson added: “She picked up the phone she had dropped when she noticed the dogs running towards her again. She ran and went to the nearest house. She had to let herself in to a stranger’s house. The dogs were still barking outside the house.”
Tina Hay, defending, said: “She has owned these dogs for three years. The incident was short-lived, the dogs were missing from home for 10 minutes.”
Speaking after the hearing, Mrs Nicholson, who was fined a total of £245 and must pay compensation of £500, said she was ‘astounded’ that the dogs had been accused of jumping up at someone.
Magistrates ordered Gambit be muzzled and kept on a lead and Mastiff Great Dane cross Castiel be kept under proper control.