Dog who bit person to be put down in two weeks if new owner can’t be found

A dog that bit a person will be put down in two weeks unless a new owner can be found.

Rocco was taken off its owner after it attacked another pooch and its owner after being let off the lead while going for a week.

Swansea Crown Court heard the three-year-old Husky had never had proper obedience training, and is "highly strung", Wales Online reports.

Rocco's owner Natalie Pasquantonio was handed a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control which caused injury.

She was was banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

An application for a destruction order was adjourned to see if a suitable home could be found for the dog, but that has so far proved impossible.

Judge Paul Thomas took the unusual step of issuing the order but postponing its implementation for 14 days in the hope a new owner will come forward.

Rocco ended up on the chopping block over an incident last September.

At the original sentencing hearing last week Georgina Buckley told the court the dog was running loose and "charged" at another pooch being walked on a lead.

Rocco is said to have bit the other dog's back legs. The owner of the second dog managed to separate the animals but Rocco bit her on the hand, and jumped at her.

The court heard Pasquantonio appeared on the scene and regained control of her pet.

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The victim suffered a deep bite to her hand, and scratches to her arm.

The dog Rocco attacked suffered bite marks to his legs and neck, and the court heard that after the incident became "anxious and untrusting" and would cry out at night.

In the end the decision was taken to put him down because of the "emotional trauma" he had suffered.

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Hywel Davies, defending Pasquantonio, told the sentencing hearing the defendant had owned Rocco since the dog had been a 15-week-old puppy. She was upset at the thought of losing her pet.

She had previously been sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months, and been ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and a rehabilitation course

The court heard that since Pasquantonio had been sentenced attempts had been made to find someone suitable to take Rocco but that those attempts had drawn a blank.

Judge Thomas said in those circumstances he would make the dog destruction order but he did so "reluctantly".

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