York magistrates heard about the second incident involving a Staffordshire bull terrier and a postal worker. Defence solicitor Kevin Blount explained that Lisa Hamilton, 29, was unaware of the previous incident and was only caring for the dog temporarily as a favor. The court was informed that the postman who was bitten required emergency surgery. Hamilton pleaded guilty to having a dangerously out-of-control dog that caused injury, and she was given a 60-hour unpaid work order, along with £85 in prosecution costs and a £114 statutory surcharge. The court did not request compensation for the postman or kennel charges for the seized dog, stating that those were the owner’s responsibility. They also refused an application to put the dog down due to lack of proof that the owner was aware of the court date. A Royal Mail spokesperson expressed concern over dog attacks on postal workers and urged dog owners to take preventive measures. Mr. Blount stated that Hamilton was only looking after the dog while its owner’s sister was in custody and unable to care for her own dog. Hamilton had taken the dog into the communal garden on October 11, and it had unexpectedly remained in her care for a longer period. Mr. Blount emphasized that Hamilton had no prior legal issues.
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