Purley dog owner fined after Staffie kills rare sheep in Riddlesdown Common

Croydon Guardian: The sheep's injuries were so severe it was destroyed The sheep's injuries were so severe it was destroyed

A dog owner has been fined after his Staffordshire bull terrier savaged and killed a rare sheep.

Peter Kelly, of Purley, was prosecuted after his pet attacked a herd of Jacob sheep in Riddlesdown Common.

The dog left one sheep so badly injured it was put down following the attack in May last year.

Park rangers found the Staffie shortly after the attack and the City of London Corporation, which owns the land, took Mr Kelly to court.

He pleaded guilty to failing to keep his dog under control at Croydon Magistrates' Court last week was was fined £600.

Allan Cameron, head ranger at Riddlesdown Common, said: "We welcome responsible dog walkers to Riddlesdown but it is vitally important that they keep their dogs under effective control – especially where livestock are present.

"When livestock are attacked we will always prosecute."

Croydon Guardian:

Croydon Guardian:

The sheep was so badly injured it was put down

Magistrates also ordered Mr Kelly to pay £95 compensation and a £100 contribution to prosecution costs.

The corporation uses sheep and cattle to graze on the common rather than mowing the grass with machinery, which would prevent wildlife such as flowers and insects from flourishing.

The Jacob breed, recognisable by their horns and spotted bodies, is named after the Biblical character, a sheep breeder.

 


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1:38pm Mon 27 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

Why is Croydon home to so many thick idiots like Peter Kelly.. - Looking at the headlines this week you have to wonder if Croydon can get any worse -

becoming such an embarrassing hole!
Why is Croydon home to so many thick idiots like Peter Kelly.. - Looking at the headlines this week you have to wonder if Croydon can get any worse - becoming such an embarrassing hole! G_Whiz

1:57pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Mr Kelly has been convicted, so it is legal to publish his picture, which the police must have. Let us see the picture of the thing that allowed this to happen.
Mr Kelly has been convicted, so it is legal to publish his picture, which the police must have. Let us see the picture of the thing that allowed this to happen. Hove Ex-Pat

3:24pm Mon 27 Jan 14

trasie says...

I'd like to know what Peter Kelly looks like. Maybe someone could get a dog to do the same to his face. Brutal, absolutely brutal.
I'd like to know what Peter Kelly looks like. Maybe someone could get a dog to do the same to his face. Brutal, absolutely brutal. trasie

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