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Oakwood man prosecuted after dog attack in Chaddesden Woods

Posted on 14th March 2019

A man has been prosecuted after his two dogs attacked another in Chaddesden Woods. 

The incident happened at around 9.15am on the morning of Thursday, November 22, last year, when a woman was walking her 7 month old Chihuahua dog, Milo (pictured), on a lead through the woods off Springwood Drive, Oakwood. 

At the same time Christopher Rhule, 47 years of Heathermead Close, Oakwood was walking his Bulldog cross breed type dogs off their lead and un-muzzled when they both attacked Milo. 

Both Milo and his owner were injured in the attack with Milo having to have specialist surgery. 

The incident was dealt with by PC Jodie Coombes from the Oakwood Safer Neighbourhood Team, who explains: “I was aware that Mr Rhule had already been issued with a Dog Control Agreement in June 2018 after an incident where the same dogs had killed two cats. 

“So on this occasion a warrant was applied for and the dogs were seized from Mr Rhule. He was interviewed about this latest incident and a file submitted for consideration of prosecution.” 

On Tuesday, March 5, Mr Rhule appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court where he was convicted of being the owner/person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury. 

He was given a 12 month community order, where he is required to complete 10 days rehabilitation activity and complete 80 hrs unpaid work. He must also pay a total of £1000 compensation, £200 costs and an £85 victim surcharge. He is also banned from keeping dogs for four years. 

The court also issued a destruction order for Mr Rhule’s dogs, starting 28 days after March 5 in order to allow him to appeal. 

PC Coombes, continued: “Whilst we are all sad that Mr Rhule’s dogs may have to be destroyed we are pleased that we have been able to deal positively with this case. 

“The previous Dog Control Agreement was to ensure the dogs were muzzled and on a lead at all times when in a public place, this was not complied with. The dogs have killed two cats and now injured another dog and its owner, this along with their behaviour whilst in kennels was taken in to account when the court issued the destruction order. 

“The issue of dog attacks in Oakwood has been of concern to the residents and we hope that this will serve as a warning to other dog owners that they must be responsible for their dog’s behaviour.” 

We are pleased to report that Milo has fully recovered from his physical injuries although is still a little nervous when out and about.


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