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Man fined $7,000 after dog attacks child

A Warwick man whose Rottweiler attacked a 13-year-old boy was today fined $7,000.

Reuben Waldron, of Bulkhead Drive, pleaded guilty to owning a dog that injured another person.

The dog bit the child multiple times, injuring his face, left arm and the left side of his abdomen, Magistrates' Court heard.

Prosecutor Cindy Clarke said the incident happened while the 43-year-old and the boy were walking Waldron's two Rottweilers on July 30.

She said Waldron had walked away, leaving the 13-year-old handling the dog alone, when the boy was attacked.

In court today, Waldron said that the boy was familiar with his dogs and was helping train the dog at the time of the attack.

“During the whole summer, [he] had been coming to my house and both of us had been walking the dogs,” Waldron said. “I was just 30 or 40 feet away.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner asked what triggered the dog's attack.

Waldron said that a number of things could have caused it, and he was too far away at the time to know exactly what happened.

He also pleaded guilty to a second charge of having the dog without a licence, between May 1 and July 31.

Mr Warner fined Waldron $2,000 for possession of the dog that injured the boy and $5,000 for having an unlicensed dog.

He also ordered that the dog be euthanised and that Waldron pay any injury costs for the child up to $10,000.

Reuben Waldron with his Rottweiler

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Published August 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm (Updated August 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm)

Man fined $7,000 after dog attacks child

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