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Thamesmead owner whose XL Bully and Rottweiler attacked people fights to save dogs

Owner Amy Legemah's dogs attacked two people in Thamesmead. (Right - Stock image of XL Bully) <i>(Image: Newsquest/PA)</i>
Owner Amy Legemah's dogs attacked two people in Thamesmead. (Right - Stock image of XL Bully) (Image: Newsquest/PA)

An owner whose XL Bully and Rottweiler attacked people in Thamesmead will fight to stop her dogs being destroyed, a court heard.

Amy Legemah, 36, pleaded guilty to being the owner of two dogs which injured people while they were dangerously out of control.

The court heard that on March 12 this year her grey XL Bully named Hugo injured a youth outside her home on Attlee Road in Thamesmead.

Then on March 22 her Rottweiler named Luna injured a woman in a separate attack.

Legemah appeared at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday (November 27) where her legal representative indicated that they will be seeking to prevent the dogs being destroyed and will commission reports.

The default position in law is that dogs will be destroyed unless Legemah can prove that they should not be.

Mr Recorder Maxwell-Scott KC, sitting as judge, told Legemah: “Had the sentencing been going ahead today both of your dogs would have been destroyed by the court.

“There’s now an opportunity for you to get together evidence to convince a judge that the dogs should not be destroyed.

“It may not be successful, particularly in the case of your XL Bully, Hugo.

“I would encourage you to think long and hard if that’s a dog you would like to keep and how well you’re going to be able to persuade a judge that the dog should not be destroyed.”

New legislation banning XL Bully dogs will come into force at the end of the year meaning they cannot be lawfully rehomed or sold after December 31.