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Police officer attacked by dog

Posted in: Animal Bites Workplace Injuries 

A dog is to be destroyed after it attacked a police officer during a criminal investigation. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Shar Pei cross, called Dodger, lunged and bit the officer on both legs, causing serious injury. Despite a 100-signature “save the dog” petition, the dog is to be destroyed.

The owner of Dodger, 55-year-old Julie Cooper, has been ordered to pay £800 compensation to the injured police officer after pleading guilty to owning a dog that was dangerously out of control and caused injury. Magistrates ordered the dog to be destroyed, with Dodger’s final fate hanging in the balance of an appeal. An appeal must be launched within 21 days.

Serious puncture wounds

It was heard that the officer had gone into Ms Cooper’s garden calling out “hellowhen the dog attacked. The officer took out his baton shortly before Ms Cooper arrived outside and calmed the dog down.  The officer was left with serious puncture wounds at the top of his right leg and serious bruising. He has received a tetanus vaccination and antibiotics to prevent infection.

Ms Cooper said that he has never been a vicious dog. She continued: “I work in a care home and I’ve taken him in and he’s been passed around from lap to lap.” It was highlighted in court that zoologists believe no animal to be safe after it has bitten someone.

If you have suffered a dog or animal-related injury at work, and are looking to claim compensation, please contact us.


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