Burnley ‘danger dog’ which attacked police to be put down

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A DANGEROUS dog which attacked two police officers in Burnley has been sentenced to death.

The Staffordshire bull terrier-cross, Dyson, owned by Lee Rainford, was made the subject of a destruction order by a judge at Burnley Crown Court.

Jobless Rainford (26), of Leyland Road, had earlier admitted having a dog dangerously out of control and causing injury in a public place.

He had initially wanted ownership of the dog transferred to his mother.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge, and banned from owning or keeping animals for five years.

Rainford is already the subject of a five-year animal disqualification after last month pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

He had let a Rottweiler puppy suffer in agony for two weeks after an attempt to dock its tail left it infected.

Sarah Statham (prosecuting) said police were called to the defendant’s house on June 5th after reports he may have been assaulted.

They knocked on the door, Rainford opened it and two large dogs, one of them Dyson, ran out towards the officers.

Dyson tried to bite one officer and then sank its teeth into a special constable’s thigh.

Miss Statham said the victim suffered four puncture wounds to his leg, which bled, had to go to hospital for treatment and was given antibiotics.

The court had earlier been told the dog was assessed by an animal behaviour expert and bit the police officer transporting it.

It had to be taken back to the kennels and seen by the expert there.

Kennelling costs for Dyson had run into thousands of pounds, and the taxpayer would be footing the bill as Rainford had no money.

Caroline Patrick (defending) said he had sold the Rottweiler as a result of the earlier ban by the magistrates.

She added: “He’s well aware what’s going to follow.”

Judge Beverly Lunt told Rainford he had not set Dyson on anybody, but the police had been entitled to go to his home, and added the behavioural expert’s report on Dyson made very sad reading for the dog.

She said: “The report says if he had been brought up properly and trained properly, he’s not inherently a bad dog.

“The report says that properly owned he’s trainable and he’s not beyond redemption.

“However, he’s not properly owned, he’s dangerous, and he must be destroyed.”