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Dangerous dog in Norwich given possible stay of execution

A dangerous dog that attacked a woman in a Norwich park has been given a possible stay of execution.

A court ordered that a behavioural assessment report would have to be carried out to determine whether it should be destroyed or made subject to a control order.

Diana Meyrick-Leah, 63, of Angel Road, north Norwich, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to being in charge of a dangerously out-of-control dog in a public place.

Her brown greyhound had attacked Toni Clark and her dog at Waterloo Park in Norwich at about 10am on September 24.

The case had been adjourned the previous time it came to court because Miss Clark had cut her hand on a piece of glass a few days before the attack, and therefore they could not determine how much of her hand injury was caused by the dog and how much by the glass.

The case was brought back for sentencing at Norwich Magistrates’ Court this week, but Alison McManus, for the defendant, applied for an adjournment so the behavioural assessment report could be carried out.

The court heard that the person doing the assessment will have to come from Surrey to observe the dog in Norwich.

The court ordered that the report must be completed by January 17 and served on the prosecution by the following day.

The case was adjourned to return to court on January 31.

Depending on the outcome of the assessment report, the dog will either be made subject to a control order or destroyed.

The court heard that Miss Clark was left with a £335 veterinary bill for her own dog following the attack, and that the dog only let her go when she fell on it during the scuffle.

Have you got a story for the Evening News? Contact David Bale on 01603 772429 or david.bale2@archant.co.uk.

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