Two dogs destroyed after killing 11 sheep in Rishton

Two dogs destroyed after killing 11 sheep in Rishton

Two dogs destroyed after killing 11 sheep in Rishton

First published in News by , Deputy News Editor

TWO rampaging dogs which left a trail of death as they attacked sheep in farmer’s fields in Rishton had to be destroyed by police marksmen, a court heard.

Blackburn magistrates were told a total of 11 sheep were killed as the Japanese Akitas, also known as Japanese Fighting dogs, turned savage.

A police officer who tried to chase the dogs away was left in fear for his own safety when they turned towards him baring their teeth and growling, prosecutors said.

The court was told the owner of the dogs had previously been warned about the security of his fence after the dogs escaped and killed a neighbour’s cat in Burton Street, Rishton where he was living at the time.

Jason Sleddon, 23, now of Sparth Road, Clayton-le-Moors, pleaded guilty to being the owner of dogs dangerously out of control.

He was made subject to community supervision for 12 months, ordered to do 250 hours unpaid work and pay £1,952 in compensation to the two farmers.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said police received reports of dogs chasing sheep near the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Cut Lane in Rishton.

PC Simon Grounds, who was first on the scene, saw the dogs attacking and killing sheep, magistrates were told.

Prosecutors said he followed them up the hill towards Tanhouse Farm where he saw them kill more sheep and attack and chase others.

PC Grounds requested the attendance of firearms officers as he continued to follow the dogs, the court heard.

Prosecutors said at one stage he approached the dogs and tried to chase them away from the sheep but they became aggressive towards him, snarling and growling at him.

The officer had to back off and during the time he was waiting for support saw the dogs kill two more sheep, the court was told.

Magistrates heard the attacks happened in February and both farmers who lost sheep said the ewes were pregnant and many more could have died or lost lambs as a result of the attacks.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said Sleddon had done everything he could to make his back yard secure.

The dog warden had recommended a solid fence but Sleddon had not been able to afford the type of fence suggested.

“He put up a wire fence as a temporary measure but somehow the dogs have managed to get under it,” said Mr Taylor. “He had gone looking for the dogs but they had strayed away from his home and as you have heard attacked the sheep.”

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6:21pm Sat 26 Jul 14

superdad1 says...

I feel sorry for the sheep and the way they died also the unborn lambs,
I suppose we have to be thankful these were not children out playing and mauled to death.
I feel sorry for the sheep and the way they died also the unborn lambs, I suppose we have to be thankful these were not children out playing and mauled to death. superdad1
  • Score: 17

6:41pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Eric Shawn says...

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said Sleddon had done everything he could to make his back yard secure.

I hope Mr Taylor is not charging the public purse for his opinion.

No he didn't ! if he had done "everything" he could he would have put up a solid fence as instructed.
Jonathan Taylor, defending, said Sleddon had done everything he could to make his back yard secure. I hope Mr Taylor is not charging the public purse for his opinion. No he didn't ! if he had done "everything" he could he would have put up a solid fence as instructed. Eric Shawn
  • Score: 23

10:52pm Sat 26 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

At the end of the day the owners are irresponsible no iffs or buts they are more to blame than the dogs . much stiffer penalties require here. This punishment is a complete joke. wake up ! and give out a clear message and if need be get some new legislation sorted. Asap..
At the end of the day the owners are irresponsible no iffs or buts they are more to blame than the dogs . much stiffer penalties require here. This punishment is a complete joke. wake up ! and give out a clear message and if need be get some new legislation sorted. Asap.. noddy57
  • Score: 11

2:10am Sun 27 Jul 14

Truth will out says...

What else was he using these dogs for? I doubt they were family pets to him.

The sentence is a joke. It could have been kids. Has he been banned from keeping any animal for 10 years? If not why not?
What else was he using these dogs for? I doubt they were family pets to him. The sentence is a joke. It could have been kids. Has he been banned from keeping any animal for 10 years? If not why not? Truth will out
  • Score: 12

12:41pm Sun 27 Jul 14

ossym says...

If your kids were being mauled to death what would you do?
People are taking potentially dangerous dog on the street everyday where kids are playing.
If the authorities do not act proactively, people will have to do it for them before MORE children get killed.
If your kids were being mauled to death what would you do? People are taking potentially dangerous dog on the street everyday where kids are playing. If the authorities do not act proactively, people will have to do it for them before MORE children get killed. ossym
  • Score: 5

3:32pm Sun 27 Jul 14

stupidisasstupiddoes says...

I do believe this is the same lad whos father was charged with keeping dogs for fighting and in horrendous conditions in Accrington around 5 years ago, nice to see the family tradition going strong
I do believe this is the same lad whos father was charged with keeping dogs for fighting and in horrendous conditions in Accrington around 5 years ago, nice to see the family tradition going strong stupidisasstupiddoes
  • Score: 11

4:51pm Sun 27 Jul 14

phil kernot says...

Same old story dogs bought for fashion items ,, not on a lead and the owner couldn't control them ,,, I hope your taking note of all the lunatics with fashion dogs out here
Same old story dogs bought for fashion items ,, not on a lead and the owner couldn't control them ,,, I hope your taking note of all the lunatics with fashion dogs out here phil kernot
  • Score: 6

9:46pm Sun 27 Jul 14

ossym says...

phil kernot wrote:
Same old story dogs bought for fashion items ,, not on a lead and the owner couldn't control them ,,, I hope your taking note of all the lunatics with fashion dogs out here
Maybe its more to do with intimidation than "fashion".
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: Same old story dogs bought for fashion items ,, not on a lead and the owner couldn't control them ,,, I hope your taking note of all the lunatics with fashion dogs out here[/p][/quote]Maybe its more to do with intimidation than "fashion". ossym
  • Score: 1

6:11pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Copperhead says...

Dogs like this should be banned - they are for fighting purposes only and have no place here.
Having said that, I'd like Police marksmen patrolling the streets with standing orders to shoot any dog having a crap on the footpaths.
Dogs like this should be banned - they are for fighting purposes only and have no place here. Having said that, I'd like Police marksmen patrolling the streets with standing orders to shoot any dog having a crap on the footpaths. Copperhead
  • Score: 5

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