A grandmother has been ordered to put her dog to sleep after he mauled her son’s fiancé in a family quarrel.
Ann Mainwaring, 53, had a falling out with college student Christopher and other family members when her German Shepherd Akita crotch became upset and bit Sophie Moore in the face.
The attack left Miss Moore, also a college student, a two-inch cut on her cheek that required surgery, including eight stitches, and forced her to drink through a straw.
Police investigating the incident at Mainwaring’s home in Milnrow, Rochdale, Greater Manchester found that the dog named Mylo had previously destroyed the face of a 10-year-old boy and she had been warned to keep the animal muzzled near people.
The dog, who reportedly “was absolutely fine 98 percent of the time,” has been in kennels since the attack on Miss Moore.
Grandmother Ann Mainwaring, 53, has been ordered to put her dog to sleep after he mauled Sophie, her son Christopher’s fiancé (pictured together), in a family quarrel
Christopher’s family had a falling out when Ann’s German Shepherd-Akita cross upset Mylo and bit Sophie in the face
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, shop assistant Mainwaring (right) admitted to having a dangerous dog out of control and was ordered to have the animal destroyed
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, shop assistant Mainwaring admitted to having a dangerous dog out of control and was ordered to have the animal destroyed.
She was also told to pay more than £ 300 to Miss Moore, who had lost her part-time job as a result of the attack.
The attack took place on May 27 last year after the engaged couple living in Scarborough, North Yorks, visited Mainwairing with a view to a weekend stay.
Ann Bond, prosecutor, said: “The suspect’s partner took the dog for a walk and the victim had occasionally caressed the dog and nothing was out of the ordinary. But a fight broke out over sleeping arrangements, and the victim and her boyfriend went upstairs where the whole family was talking.
In mitigation, David Bruce said that Mainwaring (pictured leaving the court) would not oppose the destruction warrant after ‘much soul searching’
Miss Moore (pictured with Christopher), a college student, sustained an inch of cheek in her cheek requiring surgery, including eight stitches that made her drink through a straw
It seems there was a big fight going on and during that fight the victim patted the dog with one hand. The moment she began to speak, the dog turned and bit her cheek.
The attack made her afraid of her own dog and worsened her depression and anxiety. She had no confidence in going out and she had to drink through a straw.
Earlier, on April 22, 2019, the dog had bitten a 10-year-old child in the face and the child received stitches.
The police had told the suspect to keep the dog muzzled when around people, but they didn’t think it was necessary because the victim had been in the house before. She feels bad about what happened. There was a lack of security and control measures. ‘
In mitigation, David Bruce said Mainwaring would not oppose the destruction warrant after “ much soul searching. ”
Judge Maurice Greene of the conviction told Mainwaring, “You are not in a position to take care of the dog in the future. It is really very difficult for someone else to bring the dog. Even if they could, it couldn’t be relocated. The only order I can give is a destruction warrant ‘
Her personal circumstances make it extremely difficult to give this dog the daily attention it needs. She assumed she wanted the dog back, but her circumstances took a turn for the worse and she broke up with her partner and works shifts.
Mr Bruce added: ‘This is a very tragic incident for everyone involved. There was one previous incident and the police could have made their instructions more formal, so the defendant knew what to do, but it never did.
She is a good mother and a good grandmother. She has effectively lost her son, lost her partner and now her dog. There is a lot of emotional turmoil here. ‘
Animal behavior expert Shaun Hesmondhalgh concluded that Mylo was not an aggressive animal and behaved “excellently”. ‘
But citing the ‘lockdown effect’, he explained: ‘All shelters will soon be full again. Most will not take this dog because of its violent history. It needs a specialized center, a “no-kill shelter”, and will languish in a shelter for the rest of its life. ‘
Judge Maurice Greene of the conviction told Mainwaring, “You are not in a position to take care of the dog in the future. It is really very difficult for someone else to bring the dog. Even if they could, it couldn’t be relocated. The only order I can give is a destruction order. ‘
Mainwaring was also commissioned to complete an 18-month community order plus 120 hours of unpaid work.