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Dangerous dog attacks horse leaving teen rider badly injured

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A teenage horse rider has been left with serious injuries after being thrown from their ride after a dog slipped its lead and became aggressive. The horse, known as Finn, “reared up and bolted” when the dog came near, despite having experience being around the animals.

It’s the latest in the string of incidents involving dogs going out of control in South Derbyshire, this time leaving the 17-year-old rider of Finn with a punctured lung, reports Staffordshire Live.

A spokesperson for Swadlincote Police Safer Neighbourhood Team said that Finn “reared up and bolted which then bucked off the competent horse rider and this time the horse-rider needed medical attention.”

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They will now have to take a few weeks off work while they recover. The horse did not have any noticeable injuries, the police said.

A spokesman for the team, which is an arm of Derbyshire police, said: “Please keep all dogs on their leads. We are continually having calls for service in regards to owners failing to control their dogs.

“We are all aware of Bonnie the Labrador that has recently been a target of several dogs attacking her, causing terrible injuries. We have recently had another incident reported – a dog has slipped his leash and became aggressive towards a five-year-old, 17.2 hands, Dunn horse known as Finn, who does have experience with dogs.

“Finn reared up and bolted which then bucked off the competent horse rider and this time the horse-rider needed medical attention. The horse-rider, aged just 17, suffered severe bruising and a punctured lung therefore had to take a few weeks off from work.

“Finn was lucky not to have any noticeable injuries. PCSO Thompson visited the patient to check on the welfare of the horse rider and Finn.”

The breed of the dog or location of the attack have not been revealed by police.

Under section 3(1) of the 1991 Act (as amended by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, (the ‘2014 Act’)), if any dog is dangerously out of control in any place, including all private property, the owner, or person for the time being in charge of the dog, is guilty of a summary offence. That offence becomes an aggravated offence, and triable either way, if the dog injures any person or an assistance dog while out of control.

A dog shall be regarded as dangerously out of control on any occasion on which there are grounds for reasonable apprehension that it will injure any person or assistance dog, whether or not it actually does so, (section 10(3) Dangerous Dogs Act 1991). This is not an exhaustive definition, and the ordinary meaning of the words should still be applied. If a dog is factually deemed to be acting in a way that could be termed ‘dangerously out of control’, for example attacking livestock, a prosecution may still be brought.

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