Posted: 19/10/2014 at 23:19
At one time. I used to do voluntary vetting for an animal rescue place, called FOAL Farm Friends of Animals League. One of the main requirements that had to be met by the prospective adopter was. The garden should be secure. Garde in this case could also mean in some cases fields etc. Agreed, there are miles and mile of farmland and fields that in no way can be termed as'Secure' most simply having posts and perhaps a few strands of wire. Provided it can be proved that at some point, a notice is displayed to the effect that the land is private. Then that will do.. It's secure.
Whatever you do. Never display a warning such as. 'BEWARE OF THE DOG' Legally, the moment you do that, you are admitting total responsibility etc.
These quotes of Trespass. Sorry folks but. That rule went out ages ago. In short it was such a confusing law to interpret. Now I believe the quote as being. Being upon locked/secured premises without consent.
Back to the case in question. There are so many questions to ask, should such a case be brought to court. Let's be honest. Who wouldn't kick out, if some teeth snarling hound deirsed to take a chunk out of your ankle. The last thought would be, that this would aggravate the animal even more.
It would really surprise me if upon the information as given here, that this matter were to go any further. YES! perhaps if the police have been involved. Then a record of events will have been made.
IMO not enough has been divulged and in all senses, I be inclined to let it pass.
If I can help further. Please ask. Mike.