Chasing a runaway German Shepherd owner who attacked a pensioner

South Yorkshire Police have not found the dog’s owners after the 77-year-old man was bitten in Intake, near Doncaster, on Sunday morning

A runaway German shepherd has bitten an elderly man in the Doncaster area
A runaway German shepherd bit an elderly man in the Doncaster area (stock image)

A runaway German shepherd attacked a pensioner on Sunday morning and police are still searching for his owner.

The dog was loose when it bit the 77-year-old man on the arm in Intake, near Doncaster.

The dog was later confiscated from the street by officers from the South Yorkshire Police, but now the hunt is on to locate the animal’s owner.

The incident happened around 8am and police have still not located the people responsible for the dog.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 752 from May 22.

Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, introduced by then Home Secretary Kenneth Baker and amended in 1997, it is illegal for a dog to run out of control or bite or attack anyone in a public place, a private place like a neighbour’s garden , and even in the owner’s house. The legislation also makes it a criminal offense if a person is concerned or concerned (the term is ‘reasonable concern’) that a dog might bite them.

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Therefore, it is important to ensure that dogs are kept under control at all times and everywhere. Legal action can be taken against the dog owner.

Before the law, there were no criminal penalties for injury or death from dog attacks. This law now applies to all dogs and not just dangerous ones.

Penalties for runaway dogs include an unlimited fine and up to six months in prison, while you will not be allowed to own a dog in the future. Your dog can also be destroyed.

If you allow your dog to hurt someone, you could be jailed for up to five years or fined. Or you could actually face both penalties.

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