Couple facing dog ban after breaching order

PUBLISHED: 09:51 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:51 18 December 2014

Exeter Magistrates Court

Exeter Magistrates Court

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An Exmouth couple could be disqualified from keeping dogs after they breached a control order.

Linda Jones, 54, and John Nesbitt, 65, of Summer Close, were ordered by magistrates in August to keep their dog, Jess, on a lead and muzzled when in public, after a series of incidents where the animal had attacked other dogs.

A court heard this week that since then, Jess has been seen on three occasions by another dog walker, not on a lead or muzzled.

On the first occasion, in Phear Park on September 8, Jess bit one of his dogs and subsequently, on September 26 and October 14, he filmed Jess on his phone. The dog was also seen without a muzzle by an off-duty police officer in town on October 17.

Appearing at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Nesbitt admitted four charges of failing to comply with a dog order.

Jones had left court before the case was heard, and the magistrates ruled that the matters were proven in her absence. Nesbitt was told he and Jones must return to court on December 29, when an application would be heard to disqualify them from keeping dogs.

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