Court delays dog decision
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.