A Woefully Inadequate Punishment

Having spent many years working at  RSPCA watching, frustrated how perpetrators walk away with a slap on the wrist, this story doesn’t surprise me at all:

‘The family – the girl, her three-year-old brother and her parents – had gone for a walk in Pole Hill park in Chingford, Essex, on Saturday January 21 to try out a new telescope that the daughter had been given as a Christmas present.It was then that the dog attacked the girl…

…“I came round the back and tried to grab it but I couldn’t get it off. I threw myself over her prone body trying to do everything in my power to protect her.”She said that the dog sank its teeth into her scalp and ripped hear from her head…

…Gary Hindley, 56, of Chingford, admitted allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and causing injury under the Dangerous Dog Act 1991. He was given a 12-week suspended jail term at London’s Thames Magistrates’ Court.’

Is a suspended sentence an adequate deterrent for this kind of crime? I think most Londoners would say ‘NO’. Obviously the Judge feels otherwise.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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