Dog owner fined af­ter pet mauls woman

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/feature - Andile Tshuma Court Re­porter

A MAN (47) from Nku­lumane sub­urb, Bu­l­awayo has been fined $50 af­ter his dog mauled a woman (57) from Pu­mula South sub­urb.

Martin Chiro ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu and pleaded guilty to “al­low­ing an un­muz­zled and fe­ro­cious dog at large” charge.

The dog at­tacked a passerby, Ms Priscilla Dube, af­ter it strayed onto the road.

Mr Ndhlovu said Chiro will spend 30 days in prison should he fail to pay the fine be­fore Au­gust 31.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Ken­neth Shava said on Au­gust 10, Ms Dube met a male brown dog as she was walk­ing in Nku­lumane, near Chiro’s res­i­dence.

“Upon see­ing the com­plainant, the dog charged and at­tacked her. She was bit­ten on the up­per right arm and she sus­tained an in­jury. The com­plainant then pro­ceeded to re­port the mat­ter at Nku­lumane po­lice sta­tion,” said Mr Shava.

The court heard that af­ter the at­tack, Ms Dube dis­cov­ered that the dog be­longed to Chiro.

In court, Chiro apol­o­gised for what he said was an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent.

He said the dog strayed be­cause neg­li­gent chil­dren were left at home and did not keep an eye on it.

“My dogs are al­ways se­cured in­side the wall, they are never out­side my yard. It is just that on that par­tic­u­lar day the chil­dren were alone at home. They were not aware that the dogs were not chained, hence they opened the gate and the dogs went out,” said Chiro.

The mag­is­trate told Chiro to se­cure his dogs for the safety of the pub­lic.

“You must al­ways be aware of the na­ture of the pets that you keep. Those are dan­ger­ous, vi­cious dogs, in a high den­sity sub­urb. They should be kept on a leash or chained dur­ing the day to pro­tect the pub­lic,” said the mag­is­trate.—@andile_t­shuma .

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