Monday, June 6, 2011
Judge Beatrice Bolton has her dogs taken away after her Alsatian 'attacks member of the public for the 3rd time'; she is unfit to be a dog owner
When I was a little boy in Maryhill, I was bitten by a Great Dane as I was out exploring.
It was massive and I was about 5 or 6 years old, and short for my age, it looked like a Shetland pony, anyway a German shepherd appeared and I thought I was going to be savaged.
To my surprise the German shepherd seeing my situation attacked the Great Dane; then the home owner appeared, took me home and from there I was took to hospital.
An experience which I still remember, it made me nervous of being around dogs, bad experiences have a tendency to be imprinted forever.
Judge Beatrice Bolton owns dogs and her dogs bite people.
Not a one off but on three occasions, which is ridiculous, rather than addressing the problem of her dogs, she sailed on her merry way.
And she ended up in court and convicted for owning a dangerous dog, the verdict she described as a 'fucking travesty'.
Now, she has had her pets taken away by police.
Last year she told reporters:
“'ll never set foot in a court again” after being convicted of failing to control her dog.
But it has been revealed that she was questioned and bailed following an alleged incident near her home on the outskirts of Rothbury, Northumberland, last week.
On Wednesday, a 22-year-old man reported being bitten in the leg close to where the judge lives.
Police arrested the judge the same day and took her two German shepherds “to assure public safety”.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said:
“At 1.20pm on Wednesday June 1, police received a report that a 22-year-old man had been bitten in the leg by a dog while walking in the Whitton Bank area of Rothbury. Inquiries are ongoing and police have arrested a 57-year-old woman in connection with the incident. She has since been bailed”.
A police source added:
“Beatrice Bolton was taken to Alnwick Police Station for questioning after the report. We will now continue our investigation to see if there will be any charges brought. Due to the history of the dogs accused, the decision was taken to seize her dogs for the protection of the public.”
I think having pets is a great idea for people and families, if my circumstances were different, I would have a dog.
But having Pets means you have to control them and take care of them properly.
So, should Judge Bolton be banned from keeping pets?
I think the answer to this is yes.
By allowing her animals to run wild and attack people they are a danger to the community at large.
The fact she cannot see this shows that she is in my opinion, unfit to keep dogs.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University