Paramedic Case Highlights Impact Of Dog Attacks

Man Fined At Carlisle Crown Court

14.02.2011

The case of a paramedic who suffered serious leg injuries after being attacked by an American bulldog highlights the risks that certain breeds can pose, according to an expert at Irwin Mitchell.

Rebecca Salmon of Penrith suffered two deep dog bites which went through her calf muscle and is scarred for life after being attacked by the animal while walking her dogs in a field off Salkeld Road.

According to the News and Star, the owner of the bulldog, Matthew Mitchell, pleaded guilty to leaving his dog out of control and was fined £500 over the incident after the case was heard at Carlisle Crown Court.

Katrina Elsey, an expert at Irwin Mitchell who specialises in helping victims who have suffered serious animal bite injuries, said: “Many people often underestimate the terrible consequences that dog attacks can have on those involved but, as this case highlights, the impact can be long-term.

“We see reports of attacks of this kind, including ones in which people are fatally injured, happen far too often. It is vital that something is done, whether it is a change in legislation or ownership regulations, which will ensure controls on dangerous breeds are tightened.

“It is vital that lessons are learnt and we will continue to campaign for an improvement in safety standards for the sake of all of those who have been hurt in such a manner.”