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Vicious-dog charges bite the dust

Art teacher Mary-anne Baasch with her dachshund Napoleon. Baasch was arrested and has been charged with keeping a vicious dog after Napoleon nipped a security guard on the ankle.

Art teacher Mary-anne Baasch with her dachshund Napoleon. Baasch was arrested and has been charged with keeping a vicious dog after Napoleon nipped a security guard on the ankle.

Published Aug 5, 2011

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Tania Broughton

CHARGES of “keeping a vicious dog” against Durban art teacher Mary-anne Baasch were dropped yesterday.

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“I am so relieved,” she said. “And I am so grateful for all the support”.

Last week, Baasch, 59, was arrested and locked in a cell at the Mayville police station, charged over an incident that occurred more than a year ago in which her dachshund Napoleon bit a security guard.

The dog had escaped from her Manor Gardens property as Baasch was reversing out of her garage and went for the man, “grazing” his leg through his trousers.

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Baasch alleges she offered to take him to her doctor, and when he refused, she offered to pay for legitimate expenses.

But the guard seemed unhappy with this and laid a charge with the police.

Out of the blue, last Thursday night, she was arrested and charged with keeping a vicious animal. She alleges that while at the police station, she was kept in a cell and let out only when she objected to sharing it with a male prisoner.

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She was served with a notice to appear in court yesterday, but her case was not placed on the roll after a prosecutor perused the docket.

Baasch says she is considering suing the police for unlawful arrest.

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