Ger­man Shep­herd bit woman out for a run

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THE owner of a Ger­man Shep­herd which set upon a run­ner in a se­cluded woods was or­dered to pay €300 to the vic­tim at Sligo District Court. Judge Kevin Kilrane said the woman, from the UK, was en­ti­tled to some com­pen­sa­tion af­ter the in­ci­dent on Jan­uary 11 th 2018. The court heard the owner, Der­mot Hough, of Car­row­durneen, Skreen was with his 4-year-old son in Car­rowcullen woods in Skreen, an area he fre­quently brought his son and dogs for a walk.

The Ger­man Shep­herd was not on a lead and had no muz­zle.

He was ahead of Mr Hough and be­side his young son who was on a mo­torised trike. Sergeant Derek But­ler told the court the woman al­leged the Ger­man Shep­ard grabbed her arm and kept shak­ing it while growl­ing and then grabbed her thigh. She was brought to hospi­tal and had to re­ceive dress­ings for the wound but no stitches were needed.

Mr Tom MacSharry, so­lic­i­tor (de­fend­ing) said it was a very un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion in that Mr Hough walked the area which was se­cluded nu­mer­ous times with his young son. It was not an area fre­quented by run­ners.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, the dog, de­scribed as a val­ued pet, was put down which caused his son in par­tic­u­lar a lot of grief as he had grown up with the dog.

He said Mr Hough wrote a let­ter of apol­ogy to the woman af­ter­wards and un­der­stood he should have had con­trol of the dog.

Judge Kilrane de­scribed it as a shock­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the woman to be at­tacked by a Ger­man Shep­herd dog. Mr Hough ex­plained that the dog was usu­ally on a leash but be­cause he was with his son he had no muz­zle.

He told the judge as he was walk­ing a bit be­hind his son at the time of the in­ci­dent that he didn’t see the dog at­tack the woman. He said that he heard the dog bark­ing and when he got there both him and the woman were in shock but that she didn’t say a lot to him and he then brought her in his van down the road.

The judge asked how many dogs he now has and he replied one Ger­man Shep­herd.

Judge Kilrane said the vic­tim was en­ti­tled to some com­pen­sa­tion and or­dered Mr Hough to give her €300 to cover any hospi­tal fees.

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