Own­ers re­spon­si­ble for dog’s ac­tions

Talk of the Town - - Opinion - ALAN HUNTER

WE ARE en­ti­tled to be free from all forms of vi­o­lence from ei­ther pub­lic or pri­vate sources ac­cord­ing to our con­sti­tu­tion.

By im­pli­ca­tion, this in­cludes dog at­tacks.

A per­son who walks a dog in pub­lic, should en­sure that the an­i­mal is in­deed un­der their con­trol even in the ab­sence of any notices to that ef­fect.

Any owner of an an­i­mal is legally re­spon­si­ble for any acts per­formed by that an­i­mal.

Given that most beach walk­ers wear hats, it was crim­i­nally neg­li­gent of the dog owner not to en­sure con­trol of their an­i­mal know­ing that it does not ap­prove of hats.

We have not suf­fered as se­ri­ous an attack as that on Doug Suther­land, but the East Beach has be­come chal­leng­ing with re­gards to un­con­trolled dogs. We were re­cently threat­ened with as­sault for chas­ing away un­re­strained dogs who were a nui­sance.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, my wife was bit­ten by an over-ex­u­ber­ant dog.

It’s high time that dog own­ers take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the ac­tion of their an­i­mals.

Pic­ture: BRUCE O'EHLEY

MAG­NIF­I­CENT HAND­I­WORK: A quilt made by Ann Hum­mel and her helpers was raf­fled for some weeks at Rose­hill Mall and the lucky winner drawn on Easter Sun­day was Margie Laing, cen­tre, flanked by Tr­ish Bor­der, left, and Su­san Play­don, the or­gan­is­ers of the...

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