Couple sentenced for owning violent dogs

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A man and a woman from Croydon, whose two Rottweiler dogs attacked a couple, have been sentenced in court today.

Alan Baker, 42, and Kelly Fulham, 39, were sentenced at Guildford Crown Court for not taking responsibility for their dangerous dogs and allowing them to run free in public places.

A man, 36, was walking his dog in the same area as Baker and Fulham in October 2009, when he and his dog were attacked by the Rottweiler’s. The dogs also attacked the victim’s wife.

Baker and Fulham have been banned from keeping dogs for five years as well as attending a mandatory 12-month alcohol treatment program. Baker will serve 6 months in prison and Fulham was handed a six-month suspended sentence.

Detective Constable Rene Murdoch said: “I hope this sentencing once again demonstrates to the public how seriously we take issues which cause concerns or problems in the community, and demonstrates our determination to put those committing offenses before the courts.”

Detective Constable Murdoch added: “They allowed their animals to run around the area unsupervised and made little or no attempt to keep any kind of control over them.”

The attacked couple and their dog suffered substantial bite wounds. The woman experienced a long-term nerve injury to her hand.

Following the incident, police officers obtained a search and seizure warrant under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Officers attended the property of Baker and Fulham’s later that year and carried out the controlled removal of the two Rottweiler’s from the address, when the dogs were put in kennels.

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