John Dawson, whose son was also bitten by the dog, said: “Alfred is still nervous about going into our back garden, and scared of going near dogs.
“I am faced with a bill of over £2,000 to erect dog-proof fencing. I bear Neil Burke no personal malice - but this problem will not end until either the dog escapes again as it surely will, and is put down; or Burke finally sees sense, gets this dog rehomed a long way from Carlton and buys himself a chihuahua.”
He's incapable of beinmg responsible for a goldfish.
It was revealed in court the dog was a ‘serial escaper’ and had got out from the Burke’s property, in The Causeway, seven or eight times before.
Mr Dawson said tens of thousands of pounds of public money had been spent on the court proceedings but now ‘we are back where we were two days after the attack’.
He added: “Dozens of people in Carlton have expressed their surprise and outrage that the police and the courts have missed this opportunity to put an end to the nuisance that this man and his dogs have been causing for nearly two years.”
Outrage I can well understand, but frankly, there should be no surprise.
If a dog had got into my garden and attacked or frightened my son, I would have killed the dog myself by any means necessary, even if it meant getting nicked for doing so. It seems that only drastic action will make the police and justice systems wake up to the fact that in this, as in so many other areas, they are not doing what they are supposed to be doing.
If a farmer can shoot a dog for worrying sheep, why cannot other law abiding citizens kill dogs that stray onto their property and cause damage and injury?
Why not put down some poisoned meat as bait? The dog might go for it too.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers when not owned by complete and utter imbeciles are good dogs, trouble is utter tossers like them.
" I would have killed the dog myself by any means necessary, even if it meant getting nicked for doing so."
It might well mean that, but courts aren't so sympathetic to the owners of the offending animal.
" The dog might go for it too."
"Staffordshire Bull Terriers when not owned by complete and utter imbeciles are good dogs, trouble is utter tossers like them."
And these days, they seem to like them crossed with other breeds...
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