Ms Gina Camaro, 47, of Paget appeared in Magistrates Court this morning [Aug 31] facing a charge of not controlling her dog and allowing her dog to cause damage to another dog.
However, after considering the facts as presented by the Crown, Senior Magistrate Archie Warner dismissed the charge.
The evidence presented by the Crown was that in May 2012, her pit bull dog had been seen wandering on Harbour Road Paget. A passerby stopped, got control of the pit bull, and took the pit bull onto someone else’s property.
Once there, this person was met at the door by the homeowner. The homeowner’s smaller terrier dog barked at the pit bull and the pit bull reacted by grabbing and attacking the smaller dog.
The people managed to separate the dogs by beating the pit bull until it released the terrier. The terrier was taken to the vet and the SPCA were called to get the pit bull.
On investigation, Ms Camaro was found to be the owner of the pit bull, and she was informed and was subsequently charged. She appeared in this morning’s Plea Court.
The Senior Magistrate said that the charge was wrong as it was clear that a stranger had taken control of the dog had then taken him onto someone else’s property, and that while in that new situation, the pit bull had attacked another dog.
He said that Ms Camaro had played no part in this and could not be accused of not having control when it was clear that someone else did and that someone else had acted whilst in control of the dog.
The Magistrate asked if the charge had been vetted by the DPP and he was assured that it had been. Saying that the evidence did not support the charge, the Magistrate dismissed the case, telling Ms Camaro that she was free to go.
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