Thursday, February 14, 2008
A 13-year-old girl faces permanent scarring after being mauled in the face by a Staffordshire bull terrier. She was awarded £1,000 compensation. The girl was walking with friends, eating a bag of chips when the dog attacked her on October 11 last year. The pit bull took her down and her friends watched helplessly as the dog, named Bullet, bit into her face drawing blood.
"She was in the middle of the group, when a dog ran from a house and jumped at her," she added.Lynda Goodson accepted the blame, although she is not the owner of Bullet. Goodson ran to the attack and pulled the dog off of the girl. Goodson plead guilty to being in charge of a dog which was dangerously out of control. She said that when she arrived at her grandson's house, she took the dog inside but the door was not properly closed and Bullet escaped.
Peter Marshall, defending, said the dog, which belonged to Mrs Goodson's grandson, had always been regarded as good-natured. The 'good-natured' assessment was backed by 'experts'.
The judge said the attack could not have been predicted and Goodson had acted responsibly by having the dog put down on the same day. After the hearing, Mrs Goodson said she didn't know why the dog attacked the girl.
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| 2/14/2008 3:18 PM |
The same experts that adopt-out pits to unwitting families? In the case of Tori Whitehurst, that dog was examined by 3 experts before being given to the family:
But, you never know what a dog might or might not do right? Particularly when the type of dog at stake is guilty of 67% of last year's fatalities, particularly when the dog at stake is a "he" and packed full of fighting genes.
"No your honor, I don't have any idea why my dog attacked that little girl and tore off part of her face."