Grandmother to have German shepherd-Akita cross put down after mauling

Grandmother must have her German shepherd-Akita cross Mylo put down after it mauled her son’s fiancée during a family row – as court hears dog had also savaged 10-year-old boy

  • Christopher Mainwaring was visiting his mum Ann with fiancee Sophie Moore
  • During a family argument Sophie was bitten by German Shepherd cross Mylo
  • Manchester Court heard she needed surgery and became afraid of her own dog
  • Judge ruled to place destruction order on Mylo because Mainwaring would not be able to take care of it 

A grandmother has been ordered have her pet dog put down after it mauled her son’s fiancee during a family row.

Ann Mainwaring, 53, was arguing with university student Christopher and other relatives when her German Shepherd-Akita cross became distressed and bit Sophie Moore in the face.

Miss Moore, also a university student, suffered a 4cm laceration to her cheek which required surgery including eight stitches which left her drinking through a straw.

Police investigating the incident at Mainwaring’s home in Milnrow, Rochdale, Greater Manchester discovered the dog called Mylo had previously savaged a 10-year-old boy’s face and she had warned to keep the animal muzzled when around people.

The dog which was said to be ‘absolutely fine 98 per cent of the time’ has been in kennels since the attack on Miss Moore.

Grandmother Ann Mainwaring, 53, has been ordered to have her dog put down after it mauled her son Christopher’s fiancee Sophie (pictured together) during a family row

Christopher’s family were having an argument when Ann’s German Shepherd-Akita cross Mylo became distressed and bit Sophie on the face

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, retail worker Mainwaring admitted having a dangerous dog out of control and was ordered to have the animal destroyed

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, retail worker Mainwaring admitted having a dangerous dog out of control and was ordered to have the animal destroyed.

She was also to pay over £300 in compensation to Miss Moore who lost her part time job as a result of the attack.

The incident occurred on May 27 last year after the engaged couple who live in Scarborough, North Yorks, were visiting Mainwairing with a view to staying over for the weekend.

Ann Bond, prosecuting, said: ‘The defendant’s partner took the dog out for a walk and the victim had been stroking the dog on and off and nothing was unusual. But an argument arose over sleeping arrangements and the victim and her boyfriend went upstairs where the whole family were talking.

In mitigation David Bruce said Mainwaring (pictured leaving court) would not oppose the destruction order after doing ‘a lot of soul searching’

Miss Moore (pictured with Christopher), a university student, suffered a 4cm laceration to her cheek which required surgery including eight stitches which left her drinking through a straw

‘It seems there was a large argument going on and during that argument, the victim was petting the dog with one hand. The moment she began to speak, the dog turned and bit her on the cheek.

‘As a result of the attack she became afraid of her own dog and her depression and anxiety worsened. She didn’t feel confident going out and she had to drink through a straw.

‘Previously, on April 22, 2019, the dog had bitten a 10-year-old child in the face and the child received stitches.

‘Police had told the defendant the dog should remain muzzled when around people but she did not think it was necessary as the victim had already been to the house before. She feels bad about what happened. There was a lack of safety and control measures.’

In mitigation David Bruce said Mainwaring would not oppose the destruction order after doing ‘a lot of soul searching’.

Sentencing Judge Maurice Greene told Mainwaring: ‘You are not in a position to look after the dog in the future. It’s really very difficult for anybody else to take the dog. Even if they could, it would not be able to be re-homed. The only order I can make is a destruction order’

‘Her personal circumstances make it extremely difficult to give this dog the day-to-day attention it needs. She had proceeded on the basis that she wanted the dog back but her circumstances have taken something of a downward turn and she split up with her partner and works shifts. 

Mr Bruce added: ‘This is a very tragic incident for all concerned. There was one previous incident and police could have made their instructions more formal, so the defendant knew what she had to do but that was never done. 

She is a good mother and a good grandmother. She has effectively lost her son, lost her partner and now lost her dog. There is a lot of emotional turmoil here.’

Animal behaviour expert Shaun Hesmondhalgh concluded that Mylo was not an aggressive animal and behaved “excellently”.’

But citing the ‘lockdown effect’ he explained: ‘All of the rescue centres will soon be full again. Most will not take this dog because of its violent history. It will need a specialist centre, a “no-kill shelter”, and it will end up languishing in a shelter for the rest of its life.’

Sentencing Judge Maurice Greene told Mainwaring: ‘You are not in a position to look after the dog in the future. It’s really very difficult for anybody else to take the dog. Even if they could, it would not be able to be re-homed. The only order I can make is a destruction order.’

Mainwaring was also ordered to complete a 18 month community order plus 120 hours of unpaid work.

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