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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 February 2007, 07:36 GMT
Girl compensated for dog attack
A policeman has been told to pay 2,000 compensation to a girl whose arm was bitten by his pet golden retriever.

The 10-year-old girl's father had stopped on the street to talk to Anthony Edwards, 43, who was off-duty.

Llandudno magistrates heard that while the girl and her sister, five, stroked the dog, called Oscar, it bit her arm, causing an injury which needed surgery.

Edwards, of Glan Conwy, admitted having a dangerous dog out of control in a public place which caused injury.

Magistrates did not order that eight-year-old Oscar be destroyed, but made an order that he must always be on a lead and muzzled when in public.

Skin grafts

The court heard that during the attack in Glan Conwy in July last year, the dog had kept hold of the girl's arm in its jaws and shook her.

She is still attending clinics to treat her injury and it is expected to be June before she knows whether further skin grafts will be necessary.

Serving police officer Edwards admitted having a dangerous dog out of control in a public place which caused injury.

A defence solicitor said Oscar had always been a lovable, approachable dog and his owner had been mystified by the attack.

Then a vet discovered an irritating wound on the dog's flank and a tumour in his ear, neither of which had been apparent previously.

The dog had been treated immediately and was now back to normal, the court was told.

Edwards was also charged 60 costs.

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