Court jails puppy farm owner whose dogs mauled two-year-old girl
A puppy farm owner in England whose dogs left a two-year-old woman with life-changing injuries has actually been imprisoned for 18 months.Liverpool Crown Court heard Andrew McGowan, 35, had up to 18 of the American Bully pets, a cross between American bulldogs and mastiff type animals, in his three-bedroom terraced home on Cockburn Street in Toxteth, Liverpool.He had left 4 of the pet dogs, which weigh 11st to 12st when totally grown
, in the garden of the residential or commercial property on May 7 when the animals left and attacked the toddler, who can not be named for legal factors, and her great-aunt Sandra McKevitt in a neighbouring garden.The child, who was airlifted to Alder Hey Kid’s Hospital, had to spend 7 hours in surgery after her right cheek ended up being removed from her face by two-thirds. Judge Clement Goldstone, the Honorary Recorder of Liverpool, stated McGowan had actually put cash ahead of safety.Sentencing him on Tuesday, he stated:
“It is rather clear to me that you had actually put cash and the potential customers of profiteering from reproducing these animals ahead of security
.”I accept these specific pets had never in the past been violent or showed these propensities, however keeping and reproducing of these canines, especially in great deals, brings with it a heavy duty, which you patently stopped working to discharge. “< img src=http://www.irishexaminer.com/remote/media.central.ie/media/images/z/zAndrewMcGowanDogOwnerJailedJun2017_large.jpg?width=648&s=ie-792557 > Andrew McGowan.The court heard the girl was with Miss McKevitt and two other family members, aged 4 and five, when the 4 pet dogs got out of McGowan’s garden through a damaged fence panel that had actually been enhanced with chicken wire.Miss McKevitt had been making her way back into the house with the
young child when among the pets bit the child.Judge Goldstone said:” The others actually smelled blood and signed up with in with appalling repercussions.” The bulk of the attack happened while( the lady)was in her great auntie’s arms and the physical and mental experience for both of them can not be ignored. “Mike Stephenson, prosecuting, said Miss McKevitt had aimed to fight the pet dogs off and been bitten on her best arm.Neighbour Thomas Richardson had eventually managed to sidetrack the pet dogs by standing
on a fence and screaming at them, allowing Miss McKevitt to get the kid and go through the house to the street outside, where passers-by stopped to help.The court
heard the kid would be left permanently scarred by the incident, which had actually left her with lacerations to her best cheek, chin, neck and above her best eye in addition to leak injuries to the side of her head which decreased to the bone and injuries to her arms, legs and ribs.Judge Goldstone said the injuries would”unquestionably change her life “.
In a statement read to the court, her mother Laurie Robinson stated the lady had actually been left “traumatised, injured and, most of all, confused”. Miss Robinson stated she had actually rushed to the scene and discovered her daughter in an ambulance covered in blood.She stated:” I might not construct out any of her
facial functions. “The court heard the four pet dogs had actually been destroyed after the attack
and another pet and 13 young puppies discovered at McGowan’s home had been rehomed.Des Lennon, defending, stated McGowan, who was not in the house when the attack occurred, was”really
sorry and remorseful “and had presented himself to law enforcement officers after he went back to his property.McGowan was disqualified from owning
canines for 12 years.