Two pet owners have been jailed for years after a dog attacked a 10-year-old boy in Wales.
The 19-year-old was sentenced to four and a half years in prison by a court in the region’s capital Cardiff on Friday, while the 29-year-old was sentenced to three years. They will both never be allowed to have a dog again.
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An animal – an American bully – attacked the boy in November 2021 in a house near the city of Caerphilly and injured his neck and head. The police shot the dog. The ten-year-old boy knew the woman, but was not related.
A dog named Beast was bought just a few days before
The convict confessed that he was the owner of the animal. He had bought The Beast just a few days before. At the time of the crime, the woman was caring for the dog. According to the judge, both should have known that the animal was dangerous, because a few days before it had already attacked a neighbor’s dog and became visible several times. However, the “Beast” was allowed to roam freely around the 29-year-old man’s home.
The American Bully is not yet a recognized breed in Germany. “While the American Bully is not listed as a dog, competent authorities may classify animals as dangerous based on their appearance or the presence of certain characteristics,” says comparison portal Verivox in connection with animal owner liability insurance.
Accordingly, American Bullys Pit Bull Terriers look relatively similar. They weigh about 30 kilograms. − dpa/se