Pinjarra dog owner to pay after attack

Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.
Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

A Pinjarra woman has been ordered to pay more than $1400 after her great dane, ‘Nelson’, attacked a ridgeback in Cantwell Park, causing bleeding to his snout and neck. 

Beverley Leishia Thompson did not attend the Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday or enter a plea to the two charges. 

Shire of Murray representative Ron Porter told the court Thompson had Nelson on a leash in the park about 2.15pm, on March 31. 

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Belinda and Grant Gilbert walked by Thompson with their ridgeback, ‘Fred’, who was also on a leash, before the dogs started barking at each other. 

Mr Gilbert said Thompson was sitting on a limestone wall about four metres away from them.

Mr Gilbert asked Thompson if her dog was good with other dogs, to which she responded, ‘no’, before Nelson’s leash “slipped” from her grasp and he attacked Fred.

Mr Porter said Thompson restrained Nelson and apologised to Mr and Mrs Gilbert.

Fred was taken to Pinjarra Vet Clinic and Baldivis Vet, costing the victims $99.14 in vet bills. 

Mr Porter said Fred had “superficial” wounds to his snout and lower lip, causing bleeding. 

Thompson was fined $1200, $190.85 in court costs and was ordered to pay the victim $99.14 in restitution.