Judge spares attack dog and alcoholic owner after police attack in Burnley

This Is Lancashire: Judge spares attack dog and alcoholic Burnley owner after police attack Judge spares attack dog and alcoholic Burnley owner after police attack

AN alcoholic whose dog savaged a police officer has been spared jail - and a judge has ruled her dog should not be destroyed.

Sandra Wardle's Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Kinzi left one of its teeth embedded in the hand of PC Ruth Syers after the horrific attack in Rylands Street, Burnley, last April.

The officer, who had to have surgery, told afterwards how she could still see the animal's teeth inches from her face.

Wardle, said to also suffer from anxiety and depression, had already been convicted of having a dog dangerously out of control in public in 2012, involving the same animal.

Wardle, of Cardinal Street, Burnley, had earlier admitted the latest offence at the town's crown court. She had pleaded guilty to being the owner of a dog which caused injury while dangerously out of control.

The 59-year-old, who had been in custody three days after she was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear for sentence last Thursday, was given four months in jail, suspended for a year with 12 months' supevision. She was banned from owning a dog for six years.

Recorder Michael Blakey read a defence report from animal behavioural expert Dr David Sands, which concluded Kinzi was not a danger to the public while under the control of a responsible handler.

The judge said: "I am not satisfied, based on the information that I have, that the dog is a danger to the public when in safe hands."

Abigail Hudson, prosecuting, told the court the defendant rang the police, because she was very drunk and arguing with her friend. Officers attended and tried to speak to the occupants, but the moment the door was opened, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossbreed went to attack the police.

Probation officer Nicholas Powell, who interviewed Wardle, said she had had three children, two of whom had died.

Philip Holden, defending, told the court: "She has been very, very tearful.”

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2:05pm Mon 27 Jan 14

foxy lass says...

Where is the real punishment here. That could have been a small child that was savaged. Its bad enough that it was a police officer. She was clearly wasting police time while in her drunken state, to ring them. They go to help her and the dog attacks them. I'm sure if the victim had been a high-flyer in the community, she would have been sent to prison. Shameful sentence!!!!!
Where is the real punishment here. That could have been a small child that was savaged. Its bad enough that it was a police officer. She was clearly wasting police time while in her drunken state, to ring them. They go to help her and the dog attacks them. I'm sure if the victim had been a high-flyer in the community, she would have been sent to prison. Shameful sentence!!!!! foxy lass
  • Score: 36

2:14pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

Agreed. No deterrent at all.

And a dangerous dog twice out of control on the public streets and which has attached someone is to be free to do so again. next time it could be a child.
Agreed. No deterrent at all. And a dangerous dog twice out of control on the public streets and which has attached someone is to be free to do so again. next time it could be a child. Excluded again
  • Score: 30

3:09pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Darren1951 says...

Any chance that this judge's reated to Ms Lunt?
Any chance that this judge's reated to Ms Lunt? Darren1951
  • Score: 11

3:38pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mys says...

What a **** take this judge is,like I very said before and I'll say again, the police do there job and the judges let them down ...
What a **** take this judge is,like I very said before and I'll say again, the police do there job and the judges let them down ... mys
  • Score: 15

4:16pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mavrick says...

foxy lass wrote:
Where is the real punishment here. That could have been a small child that was savaged. Its bad enough that it was a police officer. She was clearly wasting police time while in her drunken state, to ring them. They go to help her and the dog attacks them. I'm sure if the victim had been a high-flyer in the community, she would have been sent to prison. Shameful sentence!!!!!
One can only hope this dog gets loose and bites the judge, A long shot I know. But I bet the outcome would be much different. Totally agree with foxy lass. shameful sentence.
[quote][p][bold]foxy lass[/bold] wrote: Where is the real punishment here. That could have been a small child that was savaged. Its bad enough that it was a police officer. She was clearly wasting police time while in her drunken state, to ring them. They go to help her and the dog attacks them. I'm sure if the victim had been a high-flyer in the community, she would have been sent to prison. Shameful sentence!!!!![/p][/quote]One can only hope this dog gets loose and bites the judge, A long shot I know. But I bet the outcome would be much different. Totally agree with foxy lass. shameful sentence. mavrick
  • Score: 11

4:19pm Mon 27 Jan 14

HairyBowls says...

The police attending this incident ARE ALSO members of the public, so this dog is an obvious danger to ALL having attacked as soon as it got out. The dog should have been destroyed, the owner should have been jailed. No deterrent for chavs with pitbulls here whatsoever. DR DAVID SANDS should hold his head in shame...Ive never heard such BS from a distinguished man...what are we as a country turning in to???????
The police attending this incident ARE ALSO members of the public, so this dog is an obvious danger to ALL having attacked as soon as it got out. The dog should have been destroyed, the owner should have been jailed. No deterrent for chavs with pitbulls here whatsoever. DR DAVID SANDS should hold his head in shame...Ive never heard such BS from a distinguished man...what are we as a country turning in to??????? HairyBowls
  • Score: 14

6:55pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Steven Seagull says...

Absolutely disgusted. What kind of message does this send out to your average ne'er do well who owns a "Tyson" the pitbull type dog.

Where is the deterrent and more to the point where is the punishment that is supposed to be in the public interest?
Absolutely disgusted. What kind of message does this send out to your average ne'er do well who owns a "Tyson" the pitbull type dog. Where is the deterrent and more to the point where is the punishment that is supposed to be in the public interest? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 5

7:14pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Darren1951 says...

An alcoholic is allowed to keep a dog which has attacked at least two people - is there something wrong in this coubtry?
An alcoholic is allowed to keep a dog which has attacked at least two people - is there something wrong in this coubtry? Darren1951
  • Score: 9

9:23am Tue 28 Jan 14

midas says...

If she is banned from owning a dog for 6 years, what has happened to "Kinzi"? Has it been taken off her? Who is the "responsible handler" that will now be exercising the dog?
If she is banned from owning a dog for 6 years, what has happened to "Kinzi"? Has it been taken off her? Who is the "responsible handler" that will now be exercising the dog? midas
  • Score: 2

11:57am Tue 28 Jan 14

zabby says...

I wonder what the sentence would have been if the dog attacked his grandchild,,,and would the dog still be breathing ...I think not.....off he's head
I wonder what the sentence would have been if the dog attacked his grandchild,,,and would the dog still be breathing ...I think not.....off he's head zabby
  • Score: 1

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