Mr Thomas told the court: “The incident happened on November 24 last year at Mr Gardiner’s property in Llanllwch.
“The complainant, Simon Morris, had been there previously and was aware of the dog - a Weimeraner.
“The dog was not on any Royal Mail list of dogs for postmen to be aware of.” The court heard Mr Morris had gone to the back door of the property to deliver a parcel. It was then that the 10 year-old dog, named Travis, ran out in front of Mr Gardiner who was going to greet the postman.
Mr Thomas said Mr Morris tried to fend off the dog hitting it with letters he was holding.Ah, that 'postman attacked by dog' story is such a beloved one of local newspapers...
“Mr Gardiner was shouting for the dog to come away and it was then that it bit the left forearm of Mr Morris.”
Mr Gardiner took hold of Travis and immediately apologised to the postman - offering a hot drink and bandaging the wound.A sensible, properly apologetic owner! Wonders will never cease!
At hospital Mr Morris was treated for the puncture wound and was off work for five weeks, along with follow up care.Wait, what? Five weeks? I only took one week off when I broke my arm!
Are we sure this was a Weimeraner, and not a great white shark?
So hang on a minute. The dog only bit the postman AFTER he was hitting it with letters? How is that not canine self defence? I know Weimeraner dogs, they're not exactly aggressive, they're more bouncy, jumping up at you yes, but not the sort to straight out bite you without any cause (Jack Russsells on the other hand...)
Sounds to me like the postman caused the dog to bite him by hitting it first.
I thought the Royal Mail was listed on the stock exchange and is therefore a private sector company?
The Weimaraner is a large dog; it has "a strong, instinctive prey-drive ... tending to follow the urge to hunt ... and likely to chase and kill any small animal that enters the garden." I'm not sure of Mr. Morris's stature. (But I do feel sorry for him.)
Puncture wounds from bacteria carrying teeth probably gave him a nasty infection, hence long recuperation. There's not much space for swelling in a hand and particularly fingers which might affect circulation and cause nerve damage, so more deserving of sympathy than a broken arm.
"So hang on a minute. The dog only bit the postman AFTER he was hitting it with letters? "
Yes, letters. Not even parcels!
"Puncture wounds from bacteria carrying teeth probably gave him a nasty infection, hence long recuperation."
Good point. Dogs - dirty at BOTH ends!
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