Lincoln man fined after dangerous dog bites woman

A Lincoln dog owner has been fined in court after his German Shepherd bit a woman on the thigh.

Michael Collins, of Turner Avenue, Lincoln, has been issued with a control order and fined £60 for allowing his dog to be dangerously out of control in a public area.

A report to City of Lincoln Council detailed that Collins’ dog, Zara, had bitten a woman in the communal area of flats in Turner Avenue on July 3.

Collins was also ordered to pay a £20 victims’ surcharge and £100 costs at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Monday, October 6.

The control order means the dog must be kept on a lead at all times when in a public place.

The victim was also awarded £50 compensation.

Sam Barstow, Service Manager for Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour at the city council, said: “We are really pleased with the outcome of this case, which shows how seriously we take incidents involving dangerous dogs.

“Everyone has the right to feel and be safe, and it is unacceptable to allow dogs to be out of control.

“The law prohibits your dog being out of control not only in a public place but also now on private property.

“We would encourage anyone to report dangerous dogs by calling us on 01522 873378 or Lincolnshire Police on 101.”