Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Unsuitable Dog, Unsuitable Owner...

David Fitzgerald collapsed outside his home in Broad Lane, Norris Green next to his seemingly passive American Bulldog, Hardy.
Paramedic Ian Cowley tried to rouse the 53-year-old when the dog launched forward, bit his left arm and held on with its jaws.
Liverpool Crown Court heard he shook off the animal and fled to his ambulance, where he and a colleague took shelter.
Philip Astbury, prosecuting, said Fitzgerald came around and asked for a lift, which was refused, then head butted the vehicle.
Police were called to the incident, during which Mr Cowley suffered a small puncture wound, at around 9am on Monday, April 4 this year. Fitzgerald went to a nearby park after telling officers: “Come near me and he will f***ing kill you.”
I don't know who is worse, 'pet' or owner...
Hardy, who was let off his lead, tried to attack another dog, before Fitzgerald made his way home. He branded police “scum” and was only arrested after specialist officers with dog sticks, a fire extinguisher and electric shield entered his front garden.
No armed cops handy? Why take all that, when a shotgun would be quicker?
Fitzgerald later told police: “You won’t allow me to have a knife, you would arrest me for a gun, so I’ve got my Hardy.
“I brought him up to be protective of me. He doesn’t understand a policeman, a paramedic or a hoody.
“He doesn’t realise, but he does realise he’s got to look after me.”
Well done, you just admitted you owned and trained a weapon!
Fitzgerald, who has 16 previous convictions for 23 offences, admitted owning a dog which caused injury while dangerously out of control.
He was serving a 12-month community order for assault causing actual bodily harm and threatening behaviour.
/facepalm
Simon Driver, defending, said his client was unconscious during the attack and afterwards was “still labouring under whatever causes led to that unusual state”.
Mr Driver told the court: “He said he used to have a problem with alcohol but feels this is something, which is no longer a problem for him.”
Seems to be a bit of a problem, wouldn't you agree?
He said Fitzgerald accepted smoking cannabis for pain relief and received residential treatment for mental health issues, for which he was on medication.
*sighs*
Mr Driver urged the judge to impose a suspended prison sentence and to spare the dog, producing photos of Hardy with Fitzgerald’s three-year-old grandson.
Christ, take the child off the mother! She's clearly as deranged as her father!
Recorder Wells banned Fitzgerald from keeping dogs for life and jailed him for 16 months. The judge said he was not satisfied the dog could be safe and ordered its destruction.
Fitzgerald was escorted out of the dock after shouting: “F*** you! It’s a protective dog, not an attack dog.
“Don’t kill the dog, I don’t care what you do to me.”
That makes two of us, then.

3 comments:

Lisboeta said...

I read your blog regularly. But the more I read of the idiocy that is perpetrated, the more I want to yell: "Stop the world, I want to get off!" (Please don't fret about me -- I've already made an appointment with a psychiatrist.)

Bucko The Moose said...

"No armed cops handy? Why take all that, when a shotgun would be quicker?"

But if a resident helped out with a legal shotgun, they would be nicked quicker than a quick thing.

JuliaM said...

"But the more I read of the idiocy that is perpetrated, the more I want to yell: "Stop the world, I want to get off!" "

Oh boy, do I know that feeling...

"But if a resident helped out with a legal shotgun, they would be nicked quicker than a quick thing."

They wouldn't want to be shown up as lousy shots.. :)