GP is cleared over street dog at­tack

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A DOC­TOR has been cleared of a dan­ger­ous dog charge af­ter her mas­tiff bru­tally sav­aged a woman.

GP Es­ther Wil­son’s dog Ge­orge lunged at Tracey McAl­lis­ter as she walked in Dundee’s Old Craigie Road with a friend dur­ing her lunch break.

The an­i­mal bit through Mrs McAl­lis­ter’s padded win­ter coat, dig­ging its teeth into her arm and leav­ing blood pour­ing down her sleeve.

Wit­nesses said they could see through to the mus­cle of the vic­tim’s arm be­cause the skin had been ripped away.

The dog only let go af­ter a passerby re­peat­edly kicked it on the head un­til it re­leased its grip.

Dr Wil­son ad­mit­ted be­ing in charge of the dog at the time of the in­ci­dent but was cleared af­ter her lawyer ar­gued there was no ev­i­dence she knew there was any chance of the dog at­tack­ing.

Mrs McAl­lis­ter, 53, of Fern, near For­far, told a trial at Dundee Sher­iff Court she had no idea the dog was about to at­tack un­til she saw it at­tached to her jacket sleeve.

She said: “It was growl­ing as it bit me. The lady was try­ing to get it off me but it wouldn’t let go.

“Even when it did let go it was still try­ing to jump at me. I was taken to hos­pi­tal and the triage nurse said to me it was worse than she thought it was go­ing to be and asked if I had looked at it.

“I said no and she said that was prob­a­bly wise. The con­sul­tant wanted a plas­tic sur­geon to look at it and he said there may have been dam­age to the mus­cles and nerves so I had to go into the­atre.

“I had 14 stitches to close it up and was kept in hos­pi­tal for two days.”

Wil­son, 58, of Old Craigie Road, de­nied a charge of hav­ing a dan­ger­ously out-of-con­trol mas­tiff type dog called Ge­orge in a pub­lic place, which acted ag­gres­sively to­wards Mrs McAl­lis­ter, jumped to­wards her and bit her to her se­vere in­jury and per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment at Old Craigie Road on Fe­bru­ary 23 2016.

At the close of the Crown’s case, de­fence solic­i­tor Andy Lyall ar­gued there was no case to an­swer be­cause there was no ev­i­dence the dog was dan­ger­ously out of con­trol be­fore bit­ing Mrs McAl­lis­ter.

He added that even the vic­tim said there was no warn­ing the dog would sud­denly at­tack.

Sher­iff Ali­son McKay agreed and found Dr Wil­son not guilty of the charge.

AT Tay­side Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, Leisure and Cul­ture Dundee handed over £5,500 raised at the city’s firstever Santa Dash to the Archie Foun­da­tion Tay­side. More than 700 San­tas took part in the run through the city to raise money for the of­fi­cial...

Dr Es­ther Wil­son

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