Court de­lays dog de­ci­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page -

THE fate of three dogs that al­legedly at­tacked a mother, her baby and her three-year-old daugh­ter last May will not be de­cided un­til next month.

In an in­ci­dent in Heat­ley on May 6, it is al­leged the mother had to hold her baby above her head as her three­year-old hid be­tween her legs when two of the three ‘mas­tiff-like’ an­i­mals at­tacked them.

The three-year-old sus­tained a scratched eye­lid and punc­ture wounds to her back and stom­ach, while the baby was scratched about the right side, ear and neck.

The dog’s owner, 64-year-old David Frances Cooney, ad­mit­ted the dogs had been off the leash, but he did not be­lieve they had done what was al­leged be­cause ‘they loved chil­dren’.

When the mat­ter re­turned to court yes­ter­day, Mr Cooney, who is charged with fail­ing to en­sure his dogs did not at­tack, and fail­ing to keep them un­der con­trol, again pleaded not guilty.

Mag­is­trate Gra­ham Hil­lan ad­journed the mat­ter for fur­ther men­tion on Jan­uary 18.

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