Delay to out of control dogs case

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ANOTHER court hearing must be held to decide whether a woman was bitten or scratched by two “out of control” dogs in Holbeach.

Spalding magistrates heard how Beverley Tomblin was “absolutely terrified” of being mauled during the incident on July 28 – but differing accounts of the events meant the bench was unable to make a final decision on the case against the dogs’ owner Teresa Carter.

On Tuesday, Carter (33), of Battlefields Lane South, Holbeach, pleaded guilty to two charges of allowing her dogs to be dangerously out of control in a public place and cause injury to Mrs Tomblin.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Mrs Tomblin had been walking her own dog past Carter’s home with two ten-year-old children when the two dogs – a Staffordshire bull terrier and a Patterdale terrier – came out of the gate and started running towards her.

Miss Stace told how Mrs Tomblin was “absolutely terrified” she would be mauled as both dogs jumped up at her. She claims the attack resulted in a number of injuries caused by bites and scratches from the dogs.

However, Beris Brickles, defending, says photographic evidence of the injuries appears to show only scratch marks. He said Carter was in her back garden at the time and did not know her front gate was insecure.

Evidence from both parties will now be heard in Spalding on April 26.