Boy, 4, ransacked by dog ​​as he went to toilet as owner fined for horrific mutilation – Reuters News in France and abroad

A LITTLE boy suffered horrific facial injuries when he was shot by a dog as he went to the toilet at a friend’s house.

Four-year-old Leon Lawlor lost part of his lip when he was attacked by lurcher Duke at owner David Thorley’s home in Stoke-on-Trent.

A four-year-old boy suffered shocking facial injuries after being attacked by a lurcher while going to the toiletCredit: BPM
Part of Leon Lawlor’s lip was ripped off by the dog Duke, and he needed stitches in his mouth and eyesCredit: BPM

Thorley, 30, has now been spared jail time after admitting to owning a dog that caused injuries while dangerously out of control.

A court ordered him to pay Leon just £250 in restitution.

The schoolboy was playing in a paddling pool with his friend on August 1, 2020 when he was bitten when entering to go to the bathroom.

Prosecutor Alexander Barnfield told Crown Court that the youngster suffered “significant” facial injuries, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

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“The child was shown the downstairs toilet in the utility room. The door was ajar,” he said.

“The child was in the laundry room and was about to go to the toilet when the dog attacked him and bit his face.

“Thorley heard the disturbance and distress and intervened and immediately took the child to his parents. »

Surgeons sewed up Leon’s right eyelid and mouth after the bite.

Cops assessed the dog the next day – but the officer had “no concerns” about the animal’s behavior, and Duke has had multiple owners since.

Thorley, now of Blurton, said the dog had never behaved aggressively before and had no reason to suspect anything was going on.

Mitigating Steve Hennessy said the defendant, as a father of three, felt “regret and remorse”.

Thorley’s fourth child is due in August, we have learned.

Mr Hennessy said: “He always accepted that the dog caused the injury.

“He immediately expressed remorse to the parents of the child and the dog was immediately removed from the area so they would not have to see him again. »

As part of his sentence, the defendant must complete a rehabilitative activity requirement of five days and 60 hours of unpaid work.

Stoke Crown Court Judge Graeme Smith said: “A neighbour’s four-year-old son was attacked by your dog Duke. He suffered significant and serious injuries. He had to be treated in hospital.

“Clearly it was completely irrelevant for Duke.

“There are no suggestions of previous incidents and when assessed by the police there was no particular cause for concern.

I am angry and shocked… we want to put the dog down, it could do this to another child

“Your guilt was allowing the child to be in a confined area with Duke without proper supervision. »

But Leon’s furious mother, Chloe, said she was “heartbroken” by the attack.

“I was angry and shocked,” she said in an interview at the time.

“The police asked us what we wanted to do with the dog and whether we wanted to sue the owners or put the dog down.

“We said we wanted to sue and have the dog put down because of the injuries to my son.

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“I saw the dog the next day on my property walking down the road and I was not happy.

“The police should have done more. If she could do that to Leon, she could do that to another child. »

Leon's mum Chloe called for Duke to be put down after her son was injured - but police said the dog was not a danger
Leon’s mum Chloe called for Duke to be put down after her son was injured – but police said the dog was not a dangerCredit: BPM

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Boy, 4, ransacked by dog ​​as he went to toilet as owner fined for horrific mutilation – Reuters News in France and abroad

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