Young girl awarded £1k following dog attack
Posted: December 31, 2015
Posted in: Animal Bites
A nine-year-old girl from Old Colwyn has been awarded £1,000 in compensation after a dog bit her on the face, leaving her with injuries to her nose. Prosecutor Nia Lloyd said that the young girl had simply been stroking the dog as it wandered around inside The Cuckoo Club last August. CCTV footage shows the dog snapping at the young girl when she bent down to pat it.
Owner of the German Pointer called Katie, 65-year-old David Chapman, admitted to owning a dangerously out of control dog that caused injury. He was ordered to pay the young girl £1,000 in compensation, and had to pay a further £366 for the expenses incurred by the girl’s mother since the attack. It was ruled that the dog must now remain on a lead and in control while out in any public place.
Strong fear of dogs
Mrs Lloyd said the accident left the young girl terrified and in pain. She was immediately taken to hospital where staff treated the bite tears on her nose. She has remained permanently scarred since the incident and now has a strong fear of dogs.
Sarah Yates, defending, said that Mr Chapman was sincerely sorry for what happened. It was heard that he had owned the dog since the summer of 2013 and it had never displayed an aggressive nature.
Awarding compensation, court chairwoman Celia Lewis told Chapman: “This doesn’t reflect the serious nature of the injury. But we have taken into consideration your limited means and ability to pay.”
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