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Dog Owner Escapes Prosecution After Girl, 4, Is Attacked By Rottweiler

30/08/2012 12:16 | Updated 22 May 2015
Dog owner escapes prosecution after girl, 4, is badly attacked by RottweilerArchant

The mum of a little girl who was mauled by a Rottweiler has called for a change in the law after the dog owner escaped prosecution following the attack.

Megan Fortune, four, needed 12 stitches after a Rottweiler mauled her face while she was at her grandmother's home in Suffolk.

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The owner of the dog has escaped prosecution because the attack happened on private land. Owners can only be prosecuted if a dog attack occurs on public land, not private property.

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Mary Hockley, Megan's grandmother, was looking after the dog - which is reportedly a Rottweiler German-Shepherd cross - for a friend at her home in Felixstowe when the attack happened.

When Megan's mum, Elizabeth, 25, reported the attack, she was told because the dog was in a private place, it meant no offence had taken place under the Dangerous Dog Act.

"'I just find it hard to believe that a dog can do that, let alone to a child, and there are no repercussions," says Elizabeth.

"I think it's ridiculous. I would absolutely love a change in the law. Even if it said the dog would need to be muzzled near children, I believe there needs to be something changed because I find it amazing a dog can do that and nothing can be done about it.

"He has always been a lovely dog. We have had a lot of contact with him over the past four years. He has never shown any sign of aggression which is why it came as such a shock - we were just completely gobsmacked."

Megan needed stitches above and below her eye, and on her jaw line. Although she is making good progress, she is said to me making a good recovery, but is said to still be very traumatised after the attack.

The dog's owner refused to comment to reporters.

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