Mum’s hor­ror as dog threw her lit­tle girl ‘like a rag doll’

Tot, three, was at­tacked out­side home

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­son@trin­i­tymir­ror.com JonMacMEN

AMUM has spo­ken of the mo­ment a bull mas­tiff threw her three-year-old daugh­ter around ‘like a rag doll’.

Evie-Mae Macfar­lane was charged at by ‘Buster’ out­side her home in Church, a court heard.

Burn­ley Crown Court heard how the dog ‘took hold of her right thigh’ and threw her, caus­ing her to land on her face.

She was taken to Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal af­ter sus­tain­ing three cuts to her right thigh, in­clud­ing some two or three cen­time­tres in length, and a chipped tooth.

The dog’s owner Shaun An­thony McDer­mott, now of Bux­ton Street, Ac­cring­ton, pleaded guilty to be­ing in charge of a dog which was dan­ger­ously out of con­trol.

Su­san Carter, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court how the in­ci­dent hap­pened on June 9 last year af­ter Buster had es­caped through a front door and an in­se­cure gate. Miss Carter said Evie-Mae was ‘clearly dis­tressed’ and needed to be se­dated be­fore be­ing given in­tra­venous an­tibi­otics.

She said: “The child was in shock and not cry­ing or speak­ing. She be­came very dis­turbed in­deed.”

The dog was later de­stroyed with the agree­ment of McDer­mott, the court was told.

ATHREE-YEAR-OLD girl was ‘thrown around like a rag doll’ af­ter be­ing at­tacked by a bull mas­tiff dog out­side her home, a court heard.

Evie-Mae Macfar­lane was charged at by ‘Buster’ on Nor­folk Grove in Church she left her house with her mum Chyna Clarke.

Burn­ley Crown Court heard how the dog ‘took hold of her with her right thigh’ and ac­cord­ing to Chyna ‘threw her around like a rag doll’ be­fore land­ing on her face.

The two-and-a-half year old dog, which wasn’t pro­hib­ited, tried to at­tack Evie-Mae again be­fore her mum man­aged to pull her back into the house. She was taken to Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal af­ter sus­tain­ing cuts to her thigh, in­clud­ing some two or three cen­time­tres in length, and a chipped tooth.

Shaun An­thony McDer­mott, now of Bux­ton Street, Ac­cring­ton, pleaded guilty to be­ing in charge of a dog which was dan­ger­ously out of con­trol.

He was given a four­month jail sen­tence, sus­pended for two years, or­dered to pay £400 com­pen­sa­tion and dis­qual­i­fied from own­ing a dog.

Su­san Carter, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court how the in­ci­dent hap­pened on June 9 last year af­ter Buster had es­caped through a front door and an in­se­cure gate. Miss Carter said Evie-Mae was ‘clearly dis­tressed’ and needed to be se­dated be­fore be­ing given an­tibi­otics.

She said: “The child was in shock and not cry­ing or speak­ing. Sub­se­quently she be­came very dis­turbed in­deed.” The court heard how a neigh­bour wit­nessed the in­ci­dent which lasted for around 30 sec­onds be­fore McDer­mott came out of a house with a ‘length of rope’ to bring the dog un­der con­trol. Miss Carter said there had been ‘four pre­vi­ous in­ci­dents’ in­volv­ing the dog and po­lice had ad­vised McDer­mott to have it muz­zled or on a lead.

Dar­ren Lee-Smith, de­fend­ing, said McDer­mott, 42, had pre­vi­ously taken the dog to a trainer to ‘try and re­ha­bil­i­tate it’.

He said: “Thank­fully the young girl in ques­tion didn’t suf­fer more se­ri­ous in­juries but one can’t mit­i­gate around the in­juries she sus­tained and the con­sid­er­able dis­tress this caused. It’s not the case that the de­fen­dant hadn’t taken steps to rem­edy the be­hav­iour of the an­i­mal in ques­tion and he had not reck­lessly let the dog out of con­trol or goaded it in any way.”

Evie-Mae Macfar­lane

Bull mas­tiff Buster

Shaun An­thony McDer­mott with his dog Buster

Evie-Mae Macfar­lane

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