A DOG that bit a boy on the leg has been described as “adorable” by a magistrate.
The black and tan medium-sized terrier escaped from its owner in Acton Park, Wrexham, and chased the child, before biting him just below the backside and leaving bruising.
Owner Denise Harper, 48, of Montgomery Road, Wrexham, pleaded guilty to owning a dog and allowing it to be dangerously out of control in a public place, and causing injury.
The incident left the youngster frightened of dogs and “traumatised”.
But fining Harper £190, chairman of the magistrates’ bench Lady Sally Kenyon said the magistrates were all dog owners and called the offending cross-breed “adorable”.
“We are all dog owners and understand you have an adorable cross-breed hunting dog with sharp instincts,” she told her. “We will not be making a destruction order.”
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, had told Wrexham Magistrates Court on December 15 the dog had escaped from Harper’s car when she had gone to the boot get its lead out.
The nine-year-old victim had been playing in the park, 40 yards away from his family when the dog ran after him.
One of his parents heard a scream and ran over to see the dog “getting at” the child, who was described as crying, upset and clearly scared.
The dog had bit the top of the boy’s left leg, near the buttock. Although the skin was not broken, he was in pain and it was still bruised when he was taken to see a doctor the day after.
In an impact statement, the mother of the young victim said: “Ever since he has been bitten he has feared dogs, won’t go to Acton Park anymore and has been traumatised. We feel it was the owner’s fault – there was no muzzle, no lead and no control over the dog. However, we do not want to see it destroyed.”
Elzbeth Kenny, defending, said: “The defendant is very shaken up and upset, she had never been to a police station before this incident.
“The dog is a family pet. He was only 15 months old at the time so still a puppy.
“She is a responsible owner, she has had him neutered, chipped and this was one isolated incident when he ran off before she could get him on the lead. “She apologised and immediately accepted responsibility.”
As well as Harper’s £190 fine, Harper was ordered to pay costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £20 and compensation to the victim of £50.
Lady Kenyon added: “You are ordered to keep him on the lead at all times, but there is no restriction on him entering Acton Park. With a lead and a muzzle on, you will be in control and he should not be a danger to others.”