Sunday, June 05, 2011

Dog owner in court after OAP's terrier is killed in canal towpath attack

An attack on an OAP's Cairn Terrier last year on the towpath of the Kennet & Avon Canal that led to its death landed the owner of a boxer/mastiff cross dog in court last week.

David Maxwell, who lived at Burbage Wharf at the time of the offence admitted being in charge of a dog which was dangerously out of control in a public place and also to obstructing a policewoman in the execution of her duty when he appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court.

The offences cost him £1,770:
  • £400 for the dangerous dog offence
  • £15 court surcharge
  • £100 for obstructing the police 
  • £1,000 compensation to the dog owner
  • £170 towards the vet’s bill and the burial of the dog 

The attack took place near Brimslade lock on the Wootton Rivers Flight on the K&A Canal when Pam Connolly,76, of Wootton Rivers was walking her dog, Daisy in July last year.

William Maxwell was cycling along the towpath with his dog, Luka, on a lead and it attacked Mrs Connolly's dog biting it in the stomach and causing severe injuries. The dog was taken to a vet in Pewsey where it underwent a three-hour operation — but it died two days later.


  1. this appears to be a total miscarriage of justice,it seems two dogs had a fight,end of story

  2. A big dog attacked a smaller one, the owner did nothing to stop it, could have (it was on a lead, he says) but didn't bother, the old woman's dog got minced, serve her right for walking it in public, end of story? Or am I begging the question...

  3. Justice! Keep your dogs under control or face the consequences. Even better keep your wild dogs off the towpath.