Dangerous dog attack leads to suspended prison sentence

A 58-year-old man has received a suspended prison sentence after his dogs mauled two school children as they walked home. The man, Jasvinder Chana, from Bedworth, pleaded guilty to the charge of owning a dangerous dog which had caused injury.

The attack happened in August 2014 as 14-year-old’s Caleb Hoey and Larna Jackson walked along a public footpath to Keresley village. Larna had already been bitten by one of the dogs two days earlier – this time both were off their leads and she was chased, suffering abrasions to her back and legs. Caleb, who stepped in to help, sustained dozens of wounds to his arms, legs, groin, head and body. Both were taken to University Hospital in Coventry, where Caleb stayed for two days to have his wounds cleaned and stitched.

Chana was sentenced to a 16 week prison sentence (suspended for 12 months) and fined £1,586, which included kennel costs and victim compensation. He is now banned from owning a dog and one of his dangerous dogs was destroyed; the other must meet conditions imposed under a Contingent Destruction Order.

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Source: Coventry Telegraph

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