The owner of a dog that savaged a toddler to death begged magistrates not to ban him from keeping the animals.Because, hey, the womenfolk can always pop out a few more kids to replace the one his 'pet' savaged to death, right?
Urfan Ahmed said although what had happened to his niece, 18-month-old Zumer, had left him and his family devastated, his “life would be over” if they took his dogs away.Ouch!
Now, I consider myself pretty callous, but that particular choice of words? Not cool, Urfan, not cool at all...
Luckily, for once, the magistrates showed a tad more common sense:
But his pleas fell on deaf ears and Ahmed, 32, of Cotton Walk, Crawley, was banned from keeping dogs for five years after he pleaded guilty to owning a dangerous dog at a hearing yesterday.Five years? What, when his ban is up (assuming he obeys it) he's going to say 'No more Dogo Argentinos for me! I'm going to buy a nice chihuahua...'
And why was he not charged with manslaughter?
Prosecutors looked into charging Ahmed with gross negligence manslaughter but decided there was insufficient evidence to justify criminal proceedings.Oh, really? I fail to see how they came up with that one. Was it a police dog, or something?
So, whaty did he get, for being the owner of one banned breed and one out-of-control killer?
Magistrates fined Ahmed £250 and ordered him to pay £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.*sigh*