Sutton granted first Dog Control Order
The borough has been granted its first Dog Control Order after a 75-year-old woman was bit by a boxer dog.
A 13-year-old girl was walking the dog in Buckhurst Avenue, Carshalton, on June 25 at about 5pm when the dog struck.
The victim was walking home from her volunteer job and moved to the edge of the pavement to avoid the boxer-type dog.
But the dog, which is called Blade, suddenly leapt up and bit her, causing her arm to bleed.
She was treated in St Helier Hospital and went on to call the police the following day.
A dog liaison officer assessed the dog and it was decided it could stay with the family, while Sutton Police appeared in court to arrange a Dog Control Order.
On July 27 the 39-year-old owner appeared in Croydon Magistrates Court and was charged with having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.
A Dog Control Order was granted, which means the dog has to be kept under control following a number of regulations, such as it must wear a muzzle and be neutered.
The dog must also only be walked by someone aged 18 and over, and be on a lead in a public place.
If the conditions are not followed the dog could be seized by the police and put down.
PC Heath Keogh, of Sutton Police station, said: "Our aim at Sutton is for all dog owners to enjoy their pets, and for residents of Sutton to feel safe in the knowledge that action will be taken where circumstances allow us.
"We are here to educate, work with and help dog owners, of all breeds of dogs, to be aware of their responsibilities to other residents, local communities and especially to their pets."