Man mauled... then charged over his dog

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A MAN has been charged un­der the Dan­ger­ous Dogs Act – af­ter he was at­tacked by his own pet.

Al­lan Forsyth, 30, suf­fered mul­ti­ple bites to the body and leg when his John­son Amer­i­can bull­dog, called Bron­son, pounced on him.

Glas­gow Sher­iff Court was told that the dog mauled him at his home in April this year af­ter he al­legedly pestered it.

The court heard po­lice were con­tacted at 2.45am by Forsyth’s part­ner.

When they ar­rived they found four dogs out­side the house in Ruther­glen, La­nark­shire, and Forsyth on the couch with ‘sig­nif­i­cant’ leg and arm in­juries.

Pros­e­cu­tor Louise Mc­Neill told the court: ‘Of­fi­cers were told by Forsyth’s part­ner that he had been drink­ing and was an­tag­o­nis­ing the dog.

‘She said Bron­son lashed out and bit him sev­eral times on the body.’

The court heard that one of the other dogs in the house saved Forsyth from more se­ri­ous in­jury by at­tack­ing Bron­son.

All four an­i­mals were taken to po­lice ken­nels by of­fi­cers and have re­mained there since the in­ci­dent.

As he is the at­tack­ing dog’s owner, Forsyth was charged un­der the Dan­ger­ous Dogs Act. He pleaded guilty and as a re­sult Bron­son could be put down.

Sher­iff Alan Find­lay has or­dered a re­port on Bron­son by an an­i­mal ex­pert to see if the an­i­mal is a dan­ger to the pub­lic.

The sher­iff said: ‘It seems a bit un­fair on Bron­son if he has been ha­rassed.’

He de­ferred sen­tence on Forsyth for back­ground re­ports and a re­port on Bron­son. The sher­iff will also de­cide whether to ban Forsyth from keep­ing an­i­mals.

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