Man de­nied own­ing dog which at­tacked

Five-year-old boy scarred for life by an­i­mal ob­tained free on Face­book

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A BOY of five was scarred for life by a bull­dog which its owner had got for free on Face­book.

He suf­fered a jagged lac­er­a­tion on his face, three punc­ture wounds to his cheek, a cut to his ear, abra­sions to his ab­domen and back as well as in­juries to his foot when Shaun Carr’s an­i­mal at­tacked.

A court heard the young­ster had re­con­struc­tive surgery but has been left with per­ma­nent fa­cial scar­ring.

In an ef­fort to evade re­spon­si­bil­ity, Carr then dumped the dog and claimed it be­longed to some­one else - lead­ing to an­other man be­ing ques­tioned by po­lice.

The 50-year-old later con­fessed to be­ing the owner of a dog which caused in­jury while dan­ger­ously out of con­trol, and at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice, and has now been jailed at New­cas­tle Crown Court.

Carr, of Honey­suckle Av­enue, South Shields, who was vis­i­bly up­set dur­ing the case, got a to­tal of 16 months im­pris­on­ment - four months for the dog of­fence plus 12 months on top for the at­tempted cover up.

Recorder Dar­ren Preston told him: “You let this un­known dog, a dog you had barely spent any time with at all and of which you knew very lit­tle, be in the house with him.

“He suf­fered nasty in­juries to his face in par­tic­u­lar, to his body and his feet.

“He had to have re­con­struc­tive surgery, spent two days in hos­pi­tal, has had surgery since and will have per­ma­nent scar­ring.

“I ac­cept this was a brief event caused by a lack of judge­ment on your be­half, rather than any­thing more sin­is­ter.”

The judge said Carr told “cal­cu­lated lies” to shift blame af­ter the attack and added: “That was despicable and frankly is un­for­giv­able.

“You made the po­si­tion so much worse by telling the lies that you did. It’s of­ten said the cover-up is worse than the crime.

“What you did was un­con­scionable given the in­juries that had been caused.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Michael Bunch told the court the attack hap­pened at a house in South Shields.

Mr Bunch said: ”He was at­tacked by a dog the de­fen­dant had re­cently ac­quired, for free, from Face­book.

“The de­fen­dant pro­vided of­fi­cers with an ac­count that the boy had been at­tacked by an un­known dog, in the front gar­den.”

Mr Bunch said Carr later claimed he had been told that the dog be­longed to an­other man.

Mr Bunch said: “The re­sult of that was that man and an­other male who lived at his ad­dress were in­ter­viewed and they each de­nied own­ing the dog.”

The court heard it was three days af­ter the attack Carr admit­ted he owned the dog and con­sented to it be­ing de­stroyed.

The vic­tim’s mother ex­pressed the dis­tress the attack had caused her and her son.

Lewis Kerr, de­fend­ing, said Carr stepped in straight away to stop the attack.

He said Carr’s “gut re­ac­tion” had been to get the dog out of the house and away from the child.

Mr Kerr added: “He is be­ing treated for de­pres­sion. He will lose his home and em­ploy­ment if he goes to cus­tody. Shaun Carr was jailed for a to­tal of 16 months

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