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Dog owner fined following attack on 8-year-old

Posted in: Animal Attacks Arm Injury 

A dog owner from Fife has been ordered to pay compensation to the family of an eight-year-old boy after her dog attacked him in the street. The young boy, who remains anonymous, had been out playing when the dog managed to escape from its house and bite him. The strength of the dog’s grip caused the boy to fall and break his arm. The dog owner, 39-year-old Mandy Wallace, pleaded guilty to owning a dangerously out of control dog that caused injury and was ordered to pay £400 in compensation.

Grabbed the child by his right lower arm

It was heard at Dunfermline Sheriff Court that Ms Wallace’s son had also been playing outside when the attack happened. When she heard that he had fallen from his bike, she went out to see him. When the door opened, her Alaskan Malamute, Nanook, ran out onto the street and grabbed the child by his right lower arm. The dog pulled the 8-year-old down, which resulted in him breaking his arm. He was immediately taken to hospital.

Sheriff Craig McSherry ruled that the dog did not need to have a destruction order placed on it but ordered Ms Wallace to ensure that it was muzzled at all times. It was heard that since the accident happened in September 2013, Ms Wallace and her family have moved to Kelty.

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