A man has been disqualified from driving for six months after using his car to walk his dog . 23 year old Paul Railton from Annfield Plain drove the car while holding the lead out of the window of the moving car. Having received a tip off from a cyclist, police caught Mr Railton ‘walking’ his pet lurcher, though magistrates at Consett, County Durham, heard that Mr Railton showed no remorse, and was ‘not bothered’ to have been discovered.
Despite police criticising Mr Railton for the dangerous act, and vets pointing out the danger of the situation to the pets health, Mr Railton said he believed at the time he had control of the situation, as he was driving slowly on a quiet road.
Mr Railton did, however, plead guilty to breaching two counts of the Road Traffic Act, with magistrates subsequently finding him £124, and giving him three penalty points. As he already had nine points on his licence, Mr Railton was disqualified from driving for six months, and Mr Railton’s solicitor said his client regretted the incident in hindsight. Despite his solicitor’s comments, the Daily Express claim the animal owner was remorseless, believing a lot of pet owners to walk their dogs in a similar manner.
Dog Owner Caught Using Car to Walk Pet
Thu, 04 Mar 2010
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