A NEGLECTFUL mother whose two young children were bitten by a dog known to be dangerous has been ordered to attend a drug rehabilitation programme.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two counts of ill-treating or neglecting a child at North Devon Magistrates’ court on August 16.
During sentencing yesterday, the court heard how police had warned the mother to be careful with the dog, after it was made the subject of a court order to be muzzled whilst in public.
Ben Winzer, for the prosecution told the court how both children needed medical attention after the incidents, which occurred in Barnstaple in October last year, and that the injuries were recognisable bite marks.
He also said that the local authority had initiated care proceedings, and that both children were currently in foster care.
Zara Svensson, for the defence, said: “There is no greater punishment that could be given by this court than the loss of her children because of this incident.
“In the knowledge that the dog had to be muzzled in a public place, my client accepts that she should have taken greater care.
“The dog belonged to her boyfriend and had been in the children’s lives for six years, they were both completely horrified by the incident.”
Miss Svensson added that the dog was destroyed as a result of the incident at the request of the mother, which her boyfriend did not object to.
The woman was given a community order, with a 12 month supervision requirement and ordered to attend a low intensity drug rehabilitation programme.
She was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60.