ONGOING case of Rickson, the Bull Terrier sentenced
to death under the Dangerous Dogs Act for biting a neighbours
child after being provoked, took another turn last week when
it was accepted by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, writes
Ricksons owner Elizabeth Holland, accompanied by Juliette Glass and Janet Payne of the Fury Defence Fund, was interviewed by an officer from the CCRC a body set up by the Government to investigate errors and problems with criminal cases which have come to court. The Commission has decided that there are aspects of the case and its handling by the prosecuting authorities that bear further investigation and will be conducting an inquiry accordingly. This is the first DDA case accepted by the CCRC.
Rickson is currently being held at Liverpool City Councils kennels pending the resolution of the case. The FDF advised both the kennels and the Chief Constable of Liverpool Police of the CCRCs investigations, in order that the destruction order against Rickson will not be carried out.
* A full report of Ricksons ongoing battle for justice will appear in next weeks OUR DOGS.