Gifford dog owner ordered to appear in court

Haddington Sheriff Court

Haddington Sheriff Court

A Gifford man has been ordered to attend court in person before a sheriff decides whether to order the destruction of his dogs.

Neil James Fairgrieve (40) pleaded guilty during an earlier appearance at Haddington Sheriff Court to allowing his two Staffordshire bull terriers to worry sheep near to his home earlier this year.

During the incident one dog attacked a sheep so severely the animal had to be put down.

Fairgrieve, 53 Walden Terrace, was not present in court on Wednesday “due to work commitments” and Sheriff Peter Braid said he was not comfortable sentencing Fairgrieve in his absence.

Fairgrieve pleaded guilty to being the owner of two Staffordshire bull terriers, which worried sheep, chasing them, cornering one and one dog causing injury to the sheep so severe that one sheep had to be destroyed at moorland near Faseny Bridge, adjacent to the Gifford to Longformacus road, on August 11 2013.

Fairgrieve will return to court for sentencing on January 8.

More stories from Haddington Sheriff Court in this week’s East Lothian News, on sale now.


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