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Dog destroyed after attacking cows in Perranuthnoe

By CMJacqui  |  Posted: October 24, 2012

Karen Wall and fellow farmer Gerald Babcock with her three cows after the attack.

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MAGISTRATES have ordered the destructionof a dog that savaged three rare breed cows in Perranuthnoe.

The 18-month-old pitbull, named Rocky, was involved in the incident at Trenow Cove Dairy on March 20, which left one of the Whitebred Shorthorns facially disfigured and another dog dead.

The dog's owner, Caine O'Brien, of Whistlers Walk, London, was fined £470 at Truro Magistrates' Court this week after pleading guilty to owning a dog that was worrying livestock and being in possession of a dangerous dog.

The court heard how O'Brien, aged 19, was walking Rocky with his cousin, Aaron Quilligan, of St Levan Road, Marazion, when the incident occurred.

Maurice Champion, for the prosecution, said Rocky and Quilligan's dog Dolly, a Newfoundland/Staffordshire bull terrier cross, attacked the cows after running into the field in which they were kept.

Dairy owner Karen Wall's husband Nick shot Dolly dead with a 12-bore shotgun, causing O'Brien to collect Rocky and leave the field before the dog was later seized by police.

The cows had wounds ranging from bites to the ankles to flesh torn from the face, injuries  so severe that one cow, Guinevere, is permanently 

disfigured and will have to undergo rehabilitation.

Mr Champion said her owner would now be unable to take the cow – one of only 150 in the world – to the Royal Cornwall Show because of the attack.

Police dog legislation officer Phil Nankivell explained Rocky had been detained in a kennel since the incident.

"The dog itself has not shown any animosity to people," he said. "It does appear to be a good-natured dog. On that basis, with a limited time we have had with it, I can't say we have got any issues with it being returned to its owner."

O'Brien told magistrates that if returned to him, he proposed to keep the dog at his flat or a hostel he lived in, and that it would then stay with his mother while he attended college in the daytime.

He conceded, however, that he wasn't certain whether he would be allowed to keep a dog in either of the locations.

Chairman of the magistrates  Graham Symmons told O'Brien: "We don't believe you are a fit and proper person to own this particular type of dog, and that you won't be in control of the dog for 100 per cent of the time."

Mrs Wall, speaking outside court after the hearing, said she thought the outcome had been fair.

"People need to be mindful of what type of dog they have," she said. "There are different types of dog and different types of people. I have nothing against dogs at all; most of the problem is with the owner."

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  • Jonny2010  |  October 25 2012, 8:59PM

    What 'big' men these people are with their pitbulls.

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  • twain1  |  October 24 2012, 11:24PM

    A pitbull named 'Rocky'. All we need to know. It's not the fault of animals, it's breeders and owners.

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  • youngcornwall  |  October 24 2012, 7:38PM

    All dogs have the potential to turn nasty when you least expect it, to think otherwise is just down right irresponsible.

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  • Longdogger  |  October 24 2012, 7:31PM

    I can't believe that there was doubt that the dog should be destroyed. Dangerous dogs - and by that I mean any dog that has ever posed or has the potential to pose a threat to man or beast - should all be destroyed. Owners of all dogs should be registered/ licensed and the dogs should never be let off of leads or out of control in any public place. I just can't understand a) why anyone would want an angry, ugly, aggressive looking dog, and b) why we as a society continuously allow mupppets to have these animals.

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  • josdave  |  October 24 2012, 7:08PM

    In the main there are no, or very few, bad dogs but the trouble stems from bad owners who in cases like this should be banned from keeping dogs for life. They get the responsible majority of owners an undeserved bad name. As for pit bull terriers they too if properly trained are just as good as any other breed. I can remember when Alsatians were bad dogs and more recently Rotweillers but it's not the dog's fault it's that of the owner and the trainer.

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  • buzzzz  |  October 24 2012, 9:44AM

    Ooh, another pitbull attack. Now tell us that they don't attack and they are good natured. Destroy every one of them.

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