Court: Rottweilers injure elderly couple and their dog in Heanor

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An elderly couple suffered injuries after their pet dog was attacked by two Rottweilers in Heanor, a court heard.

The owner of the Rottweilers called Bruiser and Roxy, Diane Dale, 54, of Market Place, Heanor, was sentenced at Chesterfield magistrates’ court on Thursday, May 18 after pleading guilty at a previous hearing to being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury.

The victims, Eileen and Keith Forsdick, were also left with a vet’s bill totalling more than £1,100 for their dog Molly.

In a victim impact statement, Mrs Forsdick, 69, said: “The incident has made me feel very upset. I have nightmares.

“I am not sleeping very well and I feel the incident needs addressing because a lot of children use this footpath.”

Her husband Keith, 80, said: “The incident has made me feel very wary of certain dogs.”

The incident happened on January 19 on a walk way between Florence Shipley Community Centre and the rear of Market Street, Heanor.

Prosecuting, Sam Matkin, said: “The Rottweiler jumped up onto Eileen’s shoulders and bit her right hand. This caused her to fall back on her side.

“The Rottweiler then bit the victim’s dog.

“The second Rottweiler then came and also bit the dog.

“Keith put his hand in between but was also bitten.

“The defendant then pulled the dogs away.”

Mrs Forsdick suffered injuries to her right hand, left knee and shoulders. Mr Forsdick injured his right hand.

The couple’s dog, Molly, suffered two small wounds to her face. She is expected to make a full recovery.

In mitigation, Laura Coffey, said that pub landlady Dale was of previous good character and had no convictions.

She also said that Dale had not had any problems with the dogs before and that it was deemed safe for the dogs to remain with her after the incident.

She told the magistrates: “When the dogs were released they were on private property. At the end of that yard there is a public footpath.

“On the day in question she heard a small dog yapping at her dogs. There was a mild element of provocation with Molly yapping.

“She attended at the first opportunity and followed the couple to the community centre and left her personal details. She has already paid £600 towards vet’s bills.”

Dale was ordered ensure the dogs were muzzled and on leads in public places. She must also complete 60 hours of unpaid work, pay £100 each to Mr and Mrs Forsdick, pay £85 costs, £85 victim surcharge and carry on with payments for vet’s bills.