Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Sweetest' Dog Diesel Faces Being Put Down

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Sweetest' Dog Diesel Faces Being Put Down

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A DOG who captured hearts when he was found at Manchester Airport is now facing destruction - after mauling another dog to death.

Back in 2016, the M.E.N. reported how Staffordshire bull terrier Diesel had been found at Terminal 1 of the airport, having vanished from his owner's garden eight months earlier.

At the time, Diesel was described as the 'friendliest, daftest, sweetest dog' by police who reunited him with his owners.

But, on June 9 last year, after being let off the lead, Diesel ran across a park at Mount Street, Salford, and savaged a Jack Russell called Lucky to death.

Michaela Smith, 52, had been looking after Diesel while his owner, her daughter Karla Steenson, 26, was on holiday.

Ms Smith was reported to the police by the dead dog's owner, John Walters.

Appearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court yesterday, Ms Smith and her daughter admitted allowing the dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.

Prosecuting, Philip Hall told the court: "Without warning Diesel ran across the playing field, took Lucky in his mouth and was said to be shaking Lucky about. …

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