Highlands & Islands

Dog owner in court over Lochcarron incident

A dog owner has been accused of letting his dogs attack and kill a labrador and bite three police officers.

Andrew Hammond, 52, is also accused of assaulting four police officers and violently resisting arrest.

He made no plea to nine separate charges and the case against him was continued until Tuesday.

The court heard Mr Hammond, who appeared from custody, had been living in a van outside a recycling depot at Lochcarron in Wester Ross.

Because he had no fixed address he could not be given bail.

He is charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act with owning four German shepherd dogs which allegedly repeatedly bit and severely injured a border collie while dangerously out of control near the Highland Council recycling depot on the A896 Kinlochewe to New Kelso road on 19 August.

The same day he is alleged to have obstructed police constables by locking himself in his van, threatening that the officers would be attacked by his dogs and preventing his detention.

He is further accused of owning three German shepherd dogs which allegedly attacked and injured a labrador dog on the shore of Lochcarron on Friday 16 September so severely that it later died.

The dogs are also said to have bitten and injured the labrador's owner, Peter Munro.

The following day, at the council depot, Hammond is alleged to have assaulted four police constables.

He faces a third charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act of owning three German shepherds which allegedly attacked and bit three police officers causing injury.

A statement from Northern Constabulary said six dogs were impounded in connection with the incident.

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