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Prosecutors: man never denied owning attack dog

A Sandys man who restrained a pitbull that injured a woman never denied owning the dog, a prosecutor said yesterday.

T’Deana Spencer told magistrate Tyrone Chin that Macray Bulford, 50, who is accused of owning the “pitbull-type” dog that injured neighbour Denise Steede in 2018, agreed to pay compensation for wounds sustained during the attack, but never followed through with this agreement.

Earlier in the trial, animal control officer Jeffrey Benevides told the court that after speaking to Mr Bulford about the incident, Mr Bulford admitted owning the dog and agreed to surrender it.

Ms Spencer told Mr Chin: “Only the owner of the dog would provide a statement to officers.”

Bruce Swan, Mr Bulford’s lawyer, said that his client, who is also accused of not having a valid licence for the dog, restrained it and assisted Ms Steede not because he owned the animal.

Mr Bulford has known Ms Steede his entire life.

Insisting that the dog was not his, Mr Bulford told the court he had not seen the animal before the day of the incident.

Mr Chin will deliver a verdict on the case on August 29. He extended Mr Bulford’s bail until that time.

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