Local News & Archive — June 26, 2016 at 11:15 pm — Updated: June 26, 2016 at 11:15 pm

Prestatyn dog attack: German Shepherds’ owner guilty

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Two German Shepherd dogs may have to be put down after a fatal attack on a pet dog in Prestatyn.

One of the dogs’ owners, Heather Cairns, was found guilty of being in charge of Max and Rocky when they attacked a Jack Russell named Herbie at the legs and neck. He needed emergency surgery but died two days later.

Herbie’s owner, Gabrielle Waring, told Prestatyn magistrates that she was walking along with her sister’s elderly Staffordshire Bull terrier, Nell, when the attack happened near her home on Bishopswood Road last February.

She turned back when she saw the German Shepherds near Cairns’ home but ended up being knocked to the ground: ”The Alsatian was right on top of me and trying to bite Herbie. The other Alsatian came from the side and was within inches of my face. They were biting Herbie repeatedly and he was screaming. I was doing my best to protect myself and Herbie. It seemed to go on and on and on.”

Cairns then approached and started kicking and hitting Max and Rocky before they eventually chased up the driveway. Miss Waring told her she hated the dogs and Cairns replied she also hated them. The dogs had disappeared by the time Miss Waring’s boyfriend had arrived to tackle them with a brush.

Cairns (43), from Dyserth, told the court she was not a dog lover and despite telling police she owned Max and Rocky, she claimed they were owned by her partner, Tony Thackeray, and that she nothing to do with them. She added they had been always left fenced in at the top of their three-tiered garden.

Cairns said she did everything possible to help Miss Waring and said one of the dogs had been rehoused, but insisted both would have gone if it had been up to her.

The court decided Cairns was joint owner of the dogs – their fate is due to be determined when sentencing takes place on Friday 19th August.

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