A dog will be destroyed after biting a four-year-old girl and leaving her with facial scars in an attack in Walton last year just six weeks after biting another young girl and receiving a police visit.Ooops!
The four-year-old girl, unknown to Trodden and the dog, went up to Paddy and patted him about five times while on her knees, working her way down from his head along his back, although the child in charge of the dog said she should only stroke it twice.
Deputy Circuit Judge Susan Matthews QC said: “She patted him more times than the dog wanted – that’s why you supervise what your dog is doing around children.”But...don't you also supervise your children around dogs?
Prosecutor Alexander Williams said: “Within minutes of her going off, [her father] heard a loud scream, knew instinctively it was his daughter, saw her backing away from the dog.”So he didn't supervise her. Well, maybe he had no reason to do s..
The victim’s father said afterwards that he had seen the child struggling to control the dog before the attack.
Mr Williams said: “He was struggling to hold the dog on its lead. ”/facepalm
Paddy had bitten an eight-year-old girl just six weeks earlier on August 9 while he and Trodden were at the home of a client of his civil engineering business, leaving her with facial injuries requiring a number of stitches.
Police then gave him a Dog Behaviour Order (DBO), which the 62-year-old signed, agreeing to terms such as not leaving Paddy with children without the supervision of a responsible person.FAIL!
After considering a muzzle order, Judge Matthews decided Paddy must be destroyed, despite saying she is a dog lover herself and that Paddy ‘sounds otherwise a very lovely dog’.
She said: “It’s my job to protect the public.”Well, thank goodness someone's doing their job, here...
After being deemed unfit for unpaid work due to various health issues, Trodden was given 28 days’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 28 days’ electronically tagged curfew, compensation of £2,000 to the girl and prosecution costs of £1,350.Hoe convenient that he's no longer in paid work, eh?