A 29 year old woman has been charged over the death of a toddler, who was killed when he was attacked by a dog in Essex last year.
Three year old Dexter Neal died after he was attacked and bitten by an American Bulldog at Jade Dunne’s home in Essex in August 2016.
The dog was seized by officers at the time and later destroyed.
Essex police have confirmed that Miss Dunne has been charged with ‘owning a dog dangerously out of control’ that resulted in the death of Dexter.
Miss Dunne, of Parker Way, Halstead, Essex, has been released on bail and is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court later this month.
Dexter’s uncle Ashley Coe wrote on Facebook in the aftermath of the attack last year:
“I can’t even begin to describe what state we are all in this is an absolutely devastating loss for my sister and her husband and there’s nothing I can say to them.”
Dog attack claims – expert advice
If you have been attacked by a dog, even where the dog did not cause physical harm, you may be entitled to compensation. More information can be found via our ‘Dog Attack Claims’ page.
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The Metropolitan Police predicts that around 300 dangerous dogs will be destroyed this year as a result of operations carried out by the Status Dogs Unit (SDU). This follows a 7% rise in dangerous dog seizures in London last year – only 56 of the dogs seized were deemed suitable for rehoming. The SDU – formed in 2009 – is a specialist branch of the Met Police that deals exclusively with dangerous dogs.
Types of dangerous dog
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 introduced ‘breed specific legislation’ that bans the ownership, breeding, selling, or giving away of four types of dog:
Pit Bull Terrier
Breaching the legislation may result in a fine of up to £5,000 and a potential prison sentence of up to six months.
Dangerous dogs – police action
There are several circumstances under which the police may take action against a suspected dangerous dog:
A report of a dog being encouraged to fight other dogs
A report of a banned breed that has not been granted exemption
A report of breeding, selling, abandoning, or giving away a banned breed
A report that a dog has been dangerously out of control (i.e. causing or threatening injury)
There are an estimated 10 million pet dogs in the UK. If you think that you may be in possession of a banned breed, you may qualify for an “exemption” if the police deem that your animal does not pose a threat. Qualifying for an exemption involves a court procedure that may impose conditions such as muzzling in public.
Dog attacks – expert advice
If you have been attacked by a dog, even where the dog did not cause physical harm, you may be entitled to compensation. Whatever your experience involving a dangerous dog attack, speak to our expert team of personal injury solicitors today to discover how we could help you. For further information, call 0800 888 6 888 or email email@example.com