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Monday 21 January 2019

'Pet boutique' millionaire fined after dog bit jogger's bottom

The millionaire owner of one of London's top "pet boutiques" has been ordered to pay £1,000 after his dog bit a jogger on the bottom.

Julia Gentgen was left with a bruised posterior and could not sit down for days after Jazz, a two-year-old long haired male Weimaraner, pushed his muzzle up her shorts and bit her on the left buttock in Kensington Gardens last July.

She also needed a tetanus jab after the bite from the dog, which was owned by Andrew Saville-Edwards, the millionaire owner of Pet Pavilion, a London boutique where celebrities pamper their pets.

But Mr Saville-Edwards, 59, whose clientele include Geri Halliwell and Jack Dee, refused to provide Miss Gentgen with his contact details, remarking to his wife Jenny: "She might try and sue us and not go to work for the next six months."

Police were called and Mr Saville-Edells was charged with being in charge of a dangerously out-of-control dog.

Mr Saville-Edells fought to have the charge against him thrown out but he pleaded guilty to the offence at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Pavilion Pets is described on its website as the "ultimate place to indulge your pet", with treatments including doggy shampoos, which are specially made in Japan, dog yoga classes and pet accessories such as Swarovski crystal collars.

Jacinta Jones, representing the professional pet groomer, who has stores in Chelsea, Kensington and Notting Hill, said her client was shocked and stressed by the incident.

She said the conviction would affect him significantly as it will mean he is no longer able to easily travel to the US and Australia, where he also has businesses.

She added Jazz, who needs walking five times a day, had never done anything like this before and said Mr Saville-Edells would like to apologise for what his dog had done.

District Judge Michael Snow said he would not order the destruction of the dog on this occasion but said he must do something to protect joggers in the future.

He ordered Saville-Edells to pay a fine of £650, £150 in costs and £250 in compensation to the victim, making a total of £1,050.

He also ruled Jazz must be kept muzzled at all times in public and ordered Saville-Edells to take out insurance for any injuries his dog may cause in the future.

If the dog attacks again, he risks being put down.

@Telegraph.co.uk

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