Blood vessel ruptured in dog attack

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A POSTWOMAN delivering letters in Spilsby suffered a ruptured blood vessel and puncture wounds when she was was bitten on the ankle by a dog which had run out of a house.

Edward Hywell Rich, 31, of Ashby Meadows, admitted being the owner of a dog that was dangerously out of control and which caused injury when the case called at Skegness Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The court heard that on October 11 last year, postwoman Sharon Raschkewitz was in Ashby Meadows with her bicycle and was out on the pavement sorting letters when the incident happened.

She heard shouting and a terrier dog appeared and bit her on the ankle.

As the dog was about to bite her again and she tried to kick it away, she saw a man shouting at the dog and then taking it back into a property in Ashby Meadows.

Then a woman came out of the house and asked her if she was alright and if she needed a tissue.

Ms Raschkewitz suffered three puncture wounds and a blood vessel was ruptured, which caused considerable bleeding, for which she received medical attention.

In mitigation, Ms Andrea Wilkes said Mr Rich had owned the dog - called Milo – for four years and there had never been any previous issues with it.

She said Mr Rich had opened the door to go to work and the dog had run out and he had gone out after it and brought it back in, while his partner went out and asked the postwoman if she was alright.

She said they went to Ms Raschkewitz’s place of work later but she understandably wouldn’t see them.

She asked the magistrates not to order for the dog to be destroyed.

The magistrates gave Mr Rich a six month conditional discharge and ordered he pay £100 compensation to Ms Raschkewitz and to pay £50 towards the prosecution costs.

They imposed a control order on the dog and said it must be kept on a lead in a public place.