Killer dog owner sen­tenced

Cul­prit gets two years in prison for man­slaugh­ter caused by neg­li­gence

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jo Pugh

Two years in prison for man­slaugh­ter caused by neg­li­gence

A DUTCH man has been sen­tenced to two years in prison for man­slaugh­ter caused by gross neg­li­gence, fol­low­ing a fe­ro­cious dog at­tack which caused a man’s death.

The body of 76-year-old Luis Án­gel Sala was dis­cov­ered by his son in an or­ange grove in Beniarbeig in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

Af­ter his son had called the Guardia Civil, it was dis­cov­ered that a pack of dogs which had es­caped from his 48-year-old Dutch neigh­bour’s house had mauled Sala to death.

While in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death, the Guardia vis­ited the man’s house, where the five dogs were be­ing kept. No dog had any blood­stains, but one of them was wet, seem­ingly af­ter be­ing washed. The owner had claimed at the time that it had fallen into the pool. The Guardia took the dogs away, all of whom were very ag­gres­sive. Three of the five dogs sub­se­quently es­caped from ken­nels where they were be­ing held in Els Poblets and at­tacked a res­i­dent.

The dogs had not been sub­jected to the min­i­mum vet­eri­nary checks, and were not trained; the owner also had nei­ther in­sur­ance nor a li­cense to keep dan­ger­ous dogs.

A judge orig­i­nally or­dered the man’s ar­rest af­ter it was dis­cov­ered that the dogs, a mix­ture of pit-bull and bull-ter­rier cross breeds, were found to have the de­ceased man’s DNA in their mouths. Orig­i­nally, the owner had stren­u­ously de­nied his an­i­mals were the cul­prits.

Along with the prison sen­tence, the court im­posed an in­dem­nity of €170,000 for the wi­dow and three chil­dren of the vic­tim.

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