Killer dog must be muzzled

Sam the dog was killed at Newmillerdam on Saturday after allegedly being attacked by another dog.

Sam the dog was killed at Newmillerdam on Saturday after allegedly being attacked by another dog.

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A ROTTWEILER that savaged a Yorkshire Terrier to death in a city park must be kept under control or it will be destroyed.

Sam the Yorkshire Terrier cowered down as the large Rottweiler loomed over it before the fatal attack at Newmillerdam on August 4, city magistrates heard.

The Rottweiler then picked up Sam by the neck and crushed him.

The court heard how owner Janet Lockwood and Christopher Myers had been out walking two Yorkshire Terriers and both dogs were on leads.

But they came across “local celebrity” Rocky the Rottweiler who was performing tricks by jumping from bench to bench. People were watching the show but the attack happened after the crowd dispersed.

Wakefield Council prosecutor Geoff Bell said the Rottweiler’s owner Ronald Simpson pulled Rocky off but it was apparent Sam had died very quickly. Sam suffered puncture wounds to the neck and extensive blood loss.

Simpson, 62, of Derwent Crescent, Barnsley, was summonsed to court by the council and police who applied for a dog control order.

Abby Langford, defending, said: “This dog has been attending with Mr Simpson at Newmillerdam for five years, regularly doing tricks to such an extent that he is almost a local celebrity.”

She said the application wasn’t contested but Simpson believed the smaller dog had bitten his dog first. But he accepted his dog wasn’t under control.

Magistrate Sally Clamp said: “We have to prevent the sort of tragedy that has overtaken the Lockwood family from ever happening again.”

Simpson was ordered to keep Rocky muzzled and on a lead in public. He was warned Rocky stands to be destroyed if the order is breached.

He must also pay £400 costs.