Postman dog attack
Posted: October 31, 2014
Posted in: Animal Bites Workplace Injuries
Despite attacking and seriously injuring a postman, a dog has been saved from destruction. The German Shepherd attacked the postman in the front garden of a Derbyshire home earlier this year. Nine-year-old Tyson sunk his teeth into the postman as he tried to hand mail to the dog’s owner Unjum Bala.
The accident happened on the 11 June at around 1pm. Prosecuting George Speed said that the postman saw the dog coming so turned away from the open door. The dog then started to bite him in the back of his left elbow and his back. He was left with serious puncture wounds and claw marks on his arms and back and had to be given a tetanus jab and a course of antibiotics.
Contingency dog destruction order
It was heard at the Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court that the postman was not going to pursue a court case against Miss Bala but later changed his mind and contacted the police.
Miss Bala pleaded guilty to owning a dangerously out of control dog that caused injury. She received a £153 fine, was ordered to pay the postman compensation of £450, costs of £85 and a £20 victim impact surcharge. There has also been a contingency dog destruction order placed on Tyson, meaning that he must be muzzled and on a lead in public at all times. If he ever attacks anyone in the future he will be destroyed.
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