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Police apply for destruction order on dog involved in attacks in Northampton

Police have applied for a Civil Destruction Order on a dog involved in a series of attacks on passers-by in Northampton in the aftermath of a major storm.

Muppet (pictured) was seized following the attacks which happened in Ingleborough Way, Duston, on February 23 this year, after it and another dog, Phoebe, escaped from the garden they were secured in during Storm Doris.

Four people were bitten by the dogs and needed medical treatment at either Northampton General Hospital or from their GP.

Two other members of the public, a man with a baby in a buggy, and a child walking from school, were protected by attending police officers who ran one of the dogs over and put themselves between Muppet and the members of the public nearby.

Phoebe was shot dead by firearms officers at the scene while Muppet was seized.

Muppet’s owner, Jeffrey Penfold, aged 48, of  Duston, refused to sign a destruction order when approached by police during the investigation so a hearing will be held at Wellingborough Magistrates Court on Tuesday, October 10 to determine the dog’s fate.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: “It was decided to go with a destruction order as this felt like a proportionate way to manage the situation. This will provide immediate safeguarding for the public, while avoiding a criminal case for the owners. 

“Letting the dog back was not an option. There were too many victims for this to be considered a safe option.”

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