The court decided to allow the dog to be returned to his owner after issuing a contingent destruction order.
Magistrate Vanessa Cumper said: “There was a lack of safety and control around the animal.”
Magistrates at Horsham ordered Lutchman to do 180 hours unpaid work.
The magistrate also ordered him to pay a total of £3,299.38 including £300 compensation to Mrs Sherlock, vet bills and kennelling costs.
I’m sure £300 will compensate her and the assistance dog charity admirably!
Sussex Police seized Vinnie two months after the incident.
I’ve seen sloths move faster.
“A number of previous incidents were recorded by police involving the dog,” Mr Restell said.
It never comes out of the blue, does it? There’s always a history of police inaction.