Man due in court following shooting of dog in Hartlepool

A man is to appear in court on charges of allegedly having a dog which was shot by police in Hartlepool "dangerously out of control".

Monday, 2nd April 2018, 12:39 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd April 2018, 12:46 pm
The dog which was shot by police in Hartlepool on Sunday, January 21.

It follows an incident earlier this year when a Caucasian shepherd dog was destroyed on a Sunday, January 21, in Mainsforth Terrace after the animal had been tied to a pole.

There were calls from many of those present for an independent investigation into the case.

An online petition seeking justice for the dog was signed more than 92,000 times.

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Cleveland Police defended their decision to shoot the animal, saying at the time that they had worked together with a number of veterinary professionals, the RSPCA and a re-homing charity throughout.

A man is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: "A 22-year-old man from the Hartlepool area will appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on Tuesday, April 3, for allegedly having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.

"The man was reported for summons in connection with an incident involving a dog in Hartlepool on Sunday, January 21."