Drayton & Taverham

Taverham dog owners appear in court over attack

Just Regional
Nov 6, 2014 1 min read

Two people have appeared in court in connection with a dog attack in Taverham earlier this year.

44-year-old Joanne Butcher of The Fallows in Taverham and a 17-year-old boy from the Taverham area appeared at Norwich Magistrates court on Friday 31 October charged with allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.

The incident happened at around 11pm on Monday 2 June 2014. Joanna Butcher had allowed the 17-year-old to take her three dogs for a walk but two of the dogs attacked and bit a man and another dog in a field near Marriotts Way.

The man suffered injuries to his hand whilst his dog was also injured.

Butcher admitted to officers that she told the 17-year-old to walk the dogs thinking that it was later in the evening than it actually was as she knows what her dogs are capable of should they be confronted by another dog.

Butcher received a conditional discharge for two years and was ordered to pay £700 compensation. She was also given a conditional destruction order which states that if the dogs attack again they will be destroyed.

The 17-year-old was referred to the youth offending panel for three months.


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