The worried parents of a young boy who was badly bitten by a dangerous dog fear the American Bull breed could strike again after a court opted not to destroy the pet.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard during a civil hearing this week how Nicola Perrins’ dog Missy attacked Mark Holmes’ seven-year-old son Callum at her home on Kingsley Avenue, Grangewood, Chesterfield.
Mr Holmes had been visiting his brother Paul who is Ms Perrins’ partner when the dog attacked Callum in Ms Perrins’ doorway, knocking him to the ground and biting him on the buttocks.
Magistrates established Ms Perrins’ dog was out of control and presented a danger but only imposed an order for the dog to be kept leashed and muzzled in public and chose not to order its destruction.
Mark Holmes said: “I’m disgusted. This ruling doesn’t bring peace. I feel let down. This dog bit Callum and dragged him across the ground. If it had bitten him in the neck he could have died. I’m worried it will only be a matter of time before this dog causes serious injury or worse to another child. I’m concerned it’s going to hurt one of Nicola’s children.”