A dog owner has been jailed for 4 months after his Rhodesian Ridgeback attacked a boy. The boy required 170 stitches and he only survived due to the dog being wrestled off of him.
The owner of the dog admitted failing to control the dog, which was of a breed to hunt lions.
The boy was out helping his mum when the dog jumped over the owner’s fence (who is the boys neighbour) and grabbed his right hand. The boys mum tried to get the dog off his hand and into the house but the dog followed them and attacked the boy’s face.
It was known that the boy’s family were scared of the dog and had asked the owner to fix his fence but he had not done this to a sufficient standard to prevent the dog getting through.
The boy required 170 stitched to his hand, knee, lip and elbow, and will require surgery throughout his life to correct the scaring. He will be left with significant facial scarring for the rest of his life.
The owner pleaded guilty to allowing the dog to enter a place where it injured a person. The owner was sentenced to 4 months in jail and was banned from keeping a dog for 10 years.
We act for a number of clients who have suffered injuries from dog bites. If you have been a victim of a dog attack you may be able to make a claim. It is important you get independent expert legal advice, preferably as soon as possible from one of our specialist lawyers.
The service I received from Actons solicitors was very helpful and especially guidance, advices and feedback from you were excellent. You were always helpful and I thank you a lot for all of this.Mr Z H | London
Just to say big THANK YOU for your time yesterday. You have explained things very clearly and easy to understand.
I felt you are very good at what you doing and you took your time with me, despite you knew this was more likely to fail. I felt very comfortable with your over the phone especially that English is not my first language and you are very friendly and patient. I spoke to others about my child’s accident and you were THE BEST PERSON to speak to! Just wanted you to know that.Ms A F
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