Dog owner banned for ten years after 6 year old is bitten
Posted: July 24, 2014
Posted in: Animal Bites
The owner of a dog named Chaos that bit a six-year-old girl has been banned from owning dogs for the next decade. David Rice, the owner of the American Bulldog, admitted that he had recognised aggressive tendencies in his pet before the accident happened. The girl was attacked in December of last year, suffering fairly major physical injuries and psychological damage.
The dog had been in the garden area of Mr Rice’s close when it attacked the young girl last year. It supposedly lunged at her body, gripping her in its mouth. Procurator fiscal depute Kevin Doherty told Greenock Sheriff Court: “The dog lunged at the child and bit her on one of her buttocks … Mr Rice tried to free the child from the dog and, after a struggle, he managed to do so. Considerable distress was caused to the child.”
Even though the dog had not bitten anyone prior to the attack, the court ruled that it could easily happen again. Mr Rice agreed to have the dog humanely destroyed following the accident. He was issued with a 10-year dog ownership ban and was ordered to pay the injured girl £400 in compensation. This figure was reduced from £600 due to Mr Rice’s guilty plea. Mr Rice apologised to the girl and her family for the incident.
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