Judge Gives Harsh Scolding
Wanganui, New Zealand - Storme Karanga Campbell, 25, pleaded guilty in court yesterday to being the owner of a dangerous dog that attacked a child. Judge Michael Radford said what had horrified him about the incident was that not only was the girl seriously mauled, but that Campbell was only concerned with saving her dog Rival.
"You weren't bothered about the little girl at all. You were only upset about your dog," said the judge
Campbell had put Rival in her car and driven off at high speed because she thought the bystanders helping the girl were going to harm the dog. The judge was shocked by her actions. "You were only upset about your dog," said the judge. "Your obligation was to ensure the little girl was all right, not your dog. That little girl still feels unsafe when she goes out in the street."
Judge Radford told Campbell she had not behaved responsibly and that her culpability was at the "high end" and he had no option but to jail her. An order was made for the destruction of Rival. Campbell was also given one month's jail, to be served concurrently, for disqualified driving.
Last year, Shar Irvine was attacked by Rival as she walked to a dairy with her friend. He sank his teeth into her thigh, forcing her to the ground. The dog inflicted five large, deep bites in both of her thighs and more than 10 puncture wounds all over her right lower leg.
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