A man whose dogs attacked a postman will have to fork out €1,600 in fines, legal costs and witness fees.
Krzysztof Obrebski of 104 Aglish Estate, Castlebar, appeared before the local district court on Wednesday last after being prosecuted by a Mayo County Council dog warden for not controlling his dogs.
Postman Tim Burke told the court he was delivering letters in Aglish Estate on June 22 last when Mr Obrebski’s two dogs came out from his property and headed towards a house where Mr Burke was delivering post.
He said the dogs cornered him at the porch of the house, forcing him to use his bike as a shield to keep the dogs away from him. One of the dogs grabbed onto and ripped material off the bike.
The court heard that Mr Obrebski had previously received a verbal warning for not controlling his dogs.
Representing himself, Mr Obrebski, a native of Poland, told the court that his dogs are ‘not aggressive towards people’.
The court was told the dogs had not been destroyed, as they are not on the list of dogs that must wear a muzzle.
Judge Mary Devins convicted Mr Obrebski, fined him €750, directed he pay €750 legal costs for Ward McEllin, the council’s solicitor, and €100 costs to Mr Burke. He has three months to pay.