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Dangerous dogs owner sentenced after fatal attack

A man who owned two banned dangerous dogs which killed his pregnant partner has been ordered to undertake 280 hours of unpaid work.

Emma Bennett was killed in the attack

Lee Horner, 34, had pleaded guilty to owning the pit bull type dogs which mauled mother-of-four Emma Bennett, 27, to death. He was also banned from keeping dogs for life. The attack happened at their home in Osmondthorpe last December. The dogs were ordered to be destroyed.


Dog attacks: What's the law?

Pitbulls, like this one, are banned in the UK Credit: PA

It’s against the law in the UK to let any kind of dog be dangerously out of control in a public place or in a private place where the dog isn’t allowed to be (e.g. a neighbour’s house or garden without permission).

A dog is considered dangerously out of control if it injures someone or makes someone worried that it might injure them.

The maximum sentence for being in charge of a dog which causes injury while dangerously out of control in a public place, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, is two years.

A number of dog breeds are completely banned. They are:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero

The maximum penalty for having a banned dog is a £5,000 fine and/or 6 months in prison. The dog will also be destroyed.

Police in Lincoln investigate second dog attack

Paramedics treat second woman bitten by dog in Lincoln Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Lincolnshire police have confirmed they are investigating a second attack by a dog in Lincoln. Officers were called to a house on Keats Close in the city at around 1.45pm after reports that a 38-year-old woman had been bitten by a dog.

The woman suffered bites and a suspected broken arm inflicted by a Staffordshire bull terrier while intervening in a fight between two dogs. Armed officers went to the address and the dog was destroyed with owner's consent.

Two other dogs in the vicinity have been taken into the care of the Lincoln city council dog warden pending the identification of their owners.


Dog attack woman could be scarred for life, say police

A 22-year-old woman who was attacked by a dog could be scarred for life, according to police. The woman was taken to Lincoln A and E following the incident and will undergo surgery.

A local man has been arrested in connection with the attack. Chief Inspector Stewart Brinn from Lincolnshire Police has been talking to Calendar about the incident.

Dog attack victim was bitten on scalp

Police in Lincoln say the 22 -year- old woman attacked by a dog, was bitten on her scalp. The woman had been walking in an Old Quarry when she was attacked.

Police got a call from the ambulance service at 10.30pm last night shortly after they found the victim. Her injuries are said to be "devastating", she will have surgery on her face this afternoon.

Dog attack: victim knew owner

A woman, seriously injured in hospital after being attacked by a dog, is said to have been an 'associate' of the owner. The 22-year-old woman, was taken to Lincoln A & E after the incident which happened around the old quarry at the rear of Outer Circle Road in the the city.

She suffered injuries to her scalp, face and arm and has so far been too ill to speak to police officers. Forensic tests are being carried out to establish the breed of the dog which is a predominately white coloured male American pit bull terrier.

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