In the month when the number of dog attacks in Edinburgh has rocketed, there has been yet another appalling dog attack on a child in Scotland this weekend.A Scots gran has described the terrifying moment she saw her 10-year-old granddaughter being mauled by two rottweilers. Rhianna Kidd was attacked by the dogs while riding her bicycle in Dundee yesterday.
The primary school pupil was being treated for a fractured jaw today and has had to have plastic surgery. Irene Grady, the girls’ grandmother added: “Her jaw’s broken in two places and pins have been put in. They’ll be in for the rest of her life. She’s got bites everywhere and she’s got chunks out of her leg. She’s got bites all over her arms and she can’t open her left eye properly.” Under the new Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act, passed earlier this year by the Scottish Parliament, councils will soon have to compile a list of potentially dangerous dogs.
Dundee West MSP Joe FitzPatrick said: “This horrific attack has shocked everyone and our sympathies go to Rhianna and her family. The new Act, which comes into force next year, has reformed the law around dangerous or out of control dogs, and will give local authorities greater powers to act.” A Tayside Police spokesman said: “A 33-year-old woman has been charged under section three of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 for failing to keep the dogs under control and a full report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.” The deeply distressing truth of the matter is that, once again, the pain, suffering and psychological damage inflicted by a terrifying dog attack could have been avoided. We have a very experienced team available to handle claims on behalf of dog attack victims. If you or a member of your family would like a no obligation review of your legal options following a dog attack, please call Bonnar & Company Solicitors FREE on 0800 163 978.