Man mauled... then charged over his dog
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.