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Police say thankyou for public's help as Derby woman is convicted in relation to dog attack that killed 'Mitch' the Terrier

Posted on 23rd April 2018
Mitch the Yorkie

One of our officers has thanked the public for their response after she asked for help in investigating a dog attack. 

In November last year, PCSO Ruth Quinby from the Littleover and Blagreaves Safer Neighbourhood Team asked for witnesses after a Yorkshire Terrier dog, Mitch (pictured) had been killed in a dog attack. 

Last week, on Monday, April 16, 31-year-old Emma Butler of Violet Street, Derby appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog that was dangerously out of control. 

The incident happened on the morning of Friday, November 24 when Mitch was being walked by his owner at the junction of Castleton Avenue and Offerton Avenue in Derby and was attacked by three husky type dogs being walked by Emma Butler. 

PCSO Quinby said “The incident was very upsetting for Mitch’s owners as although initially surviving the attack he died four days later as a result of the injuries he sustained. 

“We are very grateful for the response we had from the public in our pleas for help in tracing the person walking the dogs involved in the attack.” 

The magistrates placed a control order on the dogs, which means that they must now wear a muzzle at all times in public. 

Emma Butler was fined £85 and ordered to pay £2,000 compensation and £85 in costs.


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