Dangerous dog owner fined for breach of order
Convicted dangerous dog owner Nigel Palmer says he is considering leaving North Lincolnshire after he was found guilty of breaching a dog banning order imposed on him last year.
Nigel Palmer, 58, of Abercorn Street, Scunthorpe stood trial at North Lincolnshire Magistrates’ Court, where he was convicted of breaching an order banning him from being in custody of dogs and of assaulting a police officer.
He had denied both offences.
Prosecutor Julia Baggs told the court that on July 19 this year, at around 1am, Palmer was found outside his stepson’s house on Berkeley Street.
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His blue Ford Transit van had dogs in the back and when stopped by PC Melissa N’Jie, Palmer said he was taking the dogs for a walk with his stepson Robert McAvoy.
He was confronted by her, and when returning to his stepson’s house, trapped her foot in the door.
Defending, Mark Watterson said Palmer was not in charge of the dogs.
The bench disagreed.
Palmer was fined £300 and was ordered to pay £380 in costs, £60 compensation and a £15 victim’s surcharge.
Speaking after the sentencing, Palmer said: “I did think about getting rid of the dogs but my partner and Robert said no. The dogs are our family – it’s like saying get rid of your kids.”
Palmer has vowed to keep the five German Shepherd dogs and one Rottweiler, which now all belong to his partner Agnes Little.
“The best thing we can do is pack up and leave North Lincolnshire altogether,” he said.