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Grays man jailed after dog severely injures woman

A MAN has been jailed after his dog severely injured a woman leaving her with permanent scars.

Peter Fricker of Rosedale Road, Grays, was jailed for 18 months for allowing his dog to be dangerously out of control and causing injury to a member of the public when he appeared at Basildon Combined Court on Monday 9 January. He was also banned from keeping a dog for ten years.

The victim was getting out of her car on September 6, 2021, when Fricker’s unaccompanied bull breed dog charged at her. The woman was attacked by Fricker’s dog in the street where Fricker lived, causing eight deep wounds to her legs.

The woman’s injuries amounted to GBH and required surgery.

Specialist dog officers attended Fricker’s home address and seized the dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act. During the seizure process, they noted that the dog appeared to be of a dominant nature.

Following an investigation led by the Grays and Brentwood Local Police Team and overseen by Dog Legislation Officers, forty-three-year-old Peter Fricker appeared at Southend-on-Sea Magistrates’ Court on April 25 last year to answer a charge of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control and causing injury to a person where he denied the charge.

PC Jack Emerson, Grays LPT, said “We welcome the court’s decision which reflects the danger posed by dangerous dogs and those who fail to keep adequate control of them. 

“I hope that this sentence sends the message to owners that whilst they are incredible pets, dogs can pose a risk if not properly trained and cared for, and owners must ensure that they have adequate knowledge, capability, and the right environment to care for them.”

Being in charge of a dog that attacks or causes injury to another person or animal is a criminal offence that can result in serious injury or death and can leave innocent families devastated. Our specialist officers are available to provide advice and education in conjunction with the RSPCA, Dogs Trust and other partners.

The court ordered the dog’s destruction.

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