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Husky ‘violently shook’ puppy



A husky: Similar to the one which attacked a puppy

A KIDWELLY man whose husky attacked a puppy after escaping from his garden was told that he was lucky the dog was not going to be destroyed.

The court heard that 34 –year-old Rainer Gotschall had already purchased muzzles for three of his four huskies, and had extended his fence to avoid a repeat of the incident which took place on September 16.

Appearing in Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (Jan 4), Gotschall pleaded guilty to one charge of being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog which caused injury.

The court heard that the complainant, Christopher Smith, had been walking his two dogs – a Rottweiler and a Staffordshire terrier pup – along Gotschall’s home street of Maes y Wern at about midday.

When he looked back, he saw a husky, later identified as being called Dushka, sniffing at the puppy. His other dog then growled, and two more huskies appeared. None of the dogs were on leads, and there was no sign of their owner.

The first husky then picked up the puppy in its jaws by its hind leg and ‘shook it violently’, while the other two stood nearby.

The complainant said that the puppy was ‘tiny compared to the husky’. He had to physically prise Dushka’s jaw apart with his hands to get it to drop the other dog, and received injuries to his right hand and arm in the process.

The puppy had teeth marks and lost patches of fur as a result of the attack.

Police attended, and took photographs of the injuries, in which teeth marks were clearly visible on Mr Smith’s knuckles and wrist.

The officers then spoke to Gotschall, who said that he had been in his garden working on his shed and had his four huskies with him. However, he had been distracted by the sound of his children’s voices coming from the house and had gone to investigate.

Unfortunately, he had left a door open, and three of the dogs escaped.

Gotschall identified the dog responsible as Dushka because she had marks on her gums consistent with a struggle.

He was described as ‘distressed’ and was fully aware that it was wrong for the dogs to have been out of control.

In a victim impact statement, the complainant said that he had been forced to take time off work as a result of his injuries, and as a result had lost an agency contract working at a factory. He added that he had been having bad dreams and difficulty sleeping since the attack.

No request for a destruction order was made, but it was stipulated that Dushka be kept on a lead and muzzled at all times in public.

Representing himself, Gotschall pointed out that he never let the dogs off the lead in public anyway, because of the breed’s tendency to run away, and added that he had already purchased muzzles for the three younger dogs, including Dushka.

Gotschall explained that he had already taken precautions to make sure the dogs didn’t escape any more, including raising the height of his fence.

“I’m definitely in control of the animals rather than them being in control of me,” he remarked.

The Chair of the Bench told Gotschall that he was lucky a destruction order had not been requested for Dushka. He was ordered to make sure that the dog was muzzled and on a leash at all times in public.

“The events were slightly out of your control, but by your own admission you were at fault,” he added.

Gotschall was fined £80, and ordered to pay compensation of £200, prosecution costs  of £95, and a £30 victim surcharge.

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Shock in Carmarthenshire as it’s named as one of the top locations for most reckless young drivers in UK



CARMARTHENSHIRE has landed some unwanted publicity after being named as home to some of the most reckless young drivers in the UK.

According to comprehensive analysis by Adrian Flux, the county is one of the areas with the speediest teenagers on the road. On average 87.1% of FluxScore users there will receive a serious warning about their speeding compared to less than one in five in Conwy (17%).

The warnings are triggered by a black box that sits in the driver’s car to monitor their performance in the hope of improving safety and saving them money.

“This gamification style approach has helped sensible drivers save up to 60% for year-long safe driving upon renewal,” said Scott Goodliffe at Adrian Flux, one of the UK’s largest specialist motor insurance brokers.

“Unfortunately, some users are less attentive or cautious and their behaviour is a cause for concern because it leaves them more likely to make a claim or hurt themselves or others.

“It’s disappointing when alerts have to be sent but we’re proud that they are helping to change behaviour behind the wheel. We already know FluxScore is reducing the number of speeders across the board by 70% and hopefully this analysis will help address the small number who negatively impact these already impressive figures slightly.”

There are also considerable concerns about how quickly youngsters are travelling in Rhondda Cynon Taf with the area also being named and shamed in the top 10. It’s a much better picture in Conwy though with youngsters there being rated amongst the most careful drivers in the UK.

Adrian Flux’s self-fitting black box sits on the inside of the windscreen and tracks journeys. It helps reward safe driving by providing daily updates on the FluxScore app to show how the previous 24 hours’ driving has affected a driver’s renewal premium.

FluxScore sends alerts to drivers who it deems as driving dangerously or above the speed limit. The findings focus on Alert 2s, which are considered serious speeding events and take into account other factors such as the type of road. If a driver receives three Alert 2s, this will result in their policy being suspended.

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Local specialist contractors needed for countryside works



CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is seeking local specialist countryside contractors for work on Public Rights of Way and conservation sites throughout the county.

Businesses in Carmarthenshire are being encouraged to tender for the countywide framework, which is for two years, starting in September with an option to extend for a further two years.

The work will include the management of nature reserves, mitigation for development and government funded habitat projects on sites with challenging conditions, ecological constraints, wet land and difficult access.

Examples of the work include path maintenance, installation of countryside furniture (stiles and gates), mowing overgrown fields, chainsaw and strimmer work, excavator work, woodland management, fencing and tree planting.

A proven track record and a good understanding of working in the rural and natural environment and knowledge of conservation is essential, as is an understanding of the way that the land changes in challenging weather conditions.

Applicants will need to make available vehicle inspection documents and maintenance records, certificates of operator competency (in relation to plant hire with operatives), health and safety policy and relevant insurance documents.

Any suppliers interested in tendering for this work need to be registered on the National Procurement Portal Sell2Wales website, where they can express their interest and receive further information.

This is a free online service and allows businesses to promote their organisation not only to the council but to other Welsh public sector bodies, and to receive notifications about contract opportunities suitable to their field of work.

The council also encourages businesses to register on the Business Wales Business Directory – a free resource where businesses can advertise their services.

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Police appeal for information after vehicle collides with two pedestrians



POLICE say they are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision which occurred on College Street, Newcastle Emlyn just after 4pm on Monday 20th June.

A black coloured Honda CRV vehicle collided with two people on the pedestrian crossing.

A 70-year-old female sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

A 50-year-old female was taken to hospital by ambulance with what are described as minor injuries

The 64 year old female driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information that could help officers with their investigation, or anyone who was driving in the area at the time and has dashcam footage, is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at:, by emailing, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20220620-283.”

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