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INVERNESS SHERIFF COURT: 'Unusual circumstances' in case of Kyle of Lochalsh woman whose Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog bit postman

By Ali Morrison

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A Ross-shire woman whose dog bit a postman has avoided punishment.

Fiona Gilbert (39) previously admitted a charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act at Inverness Sheriff Court.

Prosecutors claimed Gilbert, of Railway Terrace, Kyle of Lochalsh, was not in control of her Staffordshire Bull Terrier on September 21, 2020, when it lunged at and bit John McLean who was delivering mail to her home address.

However when she appeared for sentencing before Sheriff Mark Stewart he was told of the unusual circumstances.

Fiscal depute Karen Poke said: “Essentially what happened is that a post man attended the property to deliver a parcel.

“A child answered the door and the dog ran out and bit the postman on the leg.

“There were bite marks but it did not break the skin.”

Sheriff Stewart said that given the background and the fact the dog was no longer owned by Gilbert he was happy to admonish her.

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