Brutus, a Staffordshire bull terrier, faced being put down after attacking Maltese cross Yorkshire terrier, Toby, on December 28, causing serious internal injuries costing £1,800 in vet bills.And injuring the 13 year old who fought desperately to rescue her 11 month old puppy in the process…
Ought to be a slam-dunk case, yes? Well, not so fast:
Defence barrister, Philippa Beswick, said a son of Mr Stevens had severe mental health problems and it was feared that if Brutus was ordered to be destroyed it could “push him over the edge” and he might take his own life.Hah! As if that’s going to wo…
Judge Anthony Goldstaub, QC, ordered Brutus must be muzzled in public and that Mr Stevens ensure garden fencing is secure./facepalm
The judge also made it a condition of a three-year community order that Mr Stevens must not be in sole charge of a dog in a public place.
So who’s going to walk it, then?
Mr Stevens, who admitted being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog, said: “We are so pleased with the decision. Brutus is not a dangerous dog, he is very good with people.
“Fighting against Brutus getting put down was the most important thing for me. Losing him would have broken my son’s heart.” He added: “We are animal lovers. We wouldn’t want to see any animal hurt. Brutus slipped his lead. It was an accident and we really feel for the other family.”So, you’ve stumped up for their vet bills, yes?
After the hearing, Alexandra Sciberras’s mother, Patricia, hit out at the sentence. She said she felt “let down” by the judge’s ruling. She said: “I am shocked. Mr Stevens hasn’t even been charged court costs, let alone our vet bills or compensation.”I’d suggest you sue for them, but then this chav family would simply declare ‘poverty’ due to caring for their mentally disturbed son, I expect.
And I suppose I shouldn’t expect any more of a judge who suggests that conversion to Islam should prevent any further rape, or that going to the gym might be a cure for wife beating…