Man fined following dog attack on neighbours

25/11/2013

The keeper of a Japanese Akita dog, which attacked a father and daughter outside their home in Walsall, has today been fined £750 and ordered to pay prosecution cost of £1,200 after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing of allowing a dog to enter a place when the dog therein injuries a person.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how Nurmal Singh, aged 60, who was looking after his son's dog, was at home on 5 May 2012 when the dog managed to get out of his back garden, run across the road and attack the nine-year-old victim who was on her driveway of her home opposite.

The girl's father managed to get the dog off his daughter and took it back to the defendant's house, but as soon as he let go of the dog, it began to maul him.

Singh came out of his house but did nothing to assist the victim. Instead a neighbour, who had heard the screams, came out of his house and managed to put a slip lead over the dog and get it off the 36-year-old victim.

Both the victims were taken to hospital where the girl received stitches to the back of her head and her father had to have two operations for injuries he received to his legs and hands.

The defendant was also ordered to pay £7,6531.81 kennel costs and an order made to destroy the dog.

Iain Farrimond, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"This was a horrific incident in which a young girl and her father were seriously injured by an extremely dangerous dog.

"The victims had returned home following an afternoon out. As the nine-year-old girl walked to the bottom of her driveway, the dog ran across the road from the defendant's house and jumped on her getting hold of her head between its' jaws.

"Her father wrestled the dog off his daughter and dragged it back to the defendants' house. At this stage Nurmal Singh came out of his house and the victim became to remonstrate with him over the attack. The dog then launched itself at the victim and began biting him. The victim pleaded for help, but Singh did nothing to assist. It was only the quick thinking of a neighbour who put a slip lead over the dog was it then pulled off the victim and restrained.

"We hope this prosecution sends out a clear message to dog owners that with ownership, comes responsibilities. If you fail to have full control of your animal and it attacks an individual then you will be held accountable for its actions."