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My dog bit a child and drew blood. The child is now at the

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My dog bit a child and drew blood. The child is now at the hospital and the relatives immediatly said they want the dog be euthanised. We don't want to put the dog to sleep. What are our options?
Are you asking if they will destroy him?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I am asking what to do so that the dog isn't destroyed. We want to take her out of the country.
What do you hope to achieve? Do you intend to keep her there?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
We are also not british citizens. Our intentions are to move back to Germany as soon as possible. The dog would be there, so yes, we would keep her there and out of the UK.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I also want to know if the hospital will motify the Police of this.
If you do remove her from the country then the court could not do much about it. However, if the police do you become involved and get wind of your intention to remove her then they will just seize her and keep her in custody until the court deals with the matter. Unless the injuries are horrendous it is quite unlikely that the dog would be destroyed anyway. Most dogs are made subject to a contingent destruction order now. The best way to advance that is to start using a muzzle and probably to arrange for your dog to do the kennel club good citizenship award. Can I clarify anything for you?Jo
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes. So, the child has been taken to the hospital. Will the hospital notify the Police of the matter?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Jo? Is there any legal obligation for a hospital to report a bite injury to the Police?
No.They don't even have a policy of doing that.The family might though.
It is very unlikely that a court would destroy the dog though.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. They said the father of the boy will be round to talk to us. We have shown them the dog's vaccination book and we have offered to pay for the treatment, if needed. We will also muzzle her from now on. But it still is a very scary situation.
Yes, I understand.If he reports it then it might well end up in court but it won't lead to destruction.There might be horrendous conditions upon the CDO but it will not lead to destruction. I do a lot of this type of work and in ten years I think I have only had about 3 destruction orders and they all involved dogs with owners who just couldn't be trusted to comply with the conditions.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
One last question. How long does the family have to report the incident? And how soon after the report would the police come to interview us?
They could report it at any time. This is an either way offence so there is no time pressure.It is possible they could do other things than prosecution. You just have to prepare for the worst.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
They did take a picture of the injury, so I believe they are saving up evidence. My only problem is the witnesses were children, so I have no luck in that area. But right. is this conversation confidential?
No, this is a public site but you are anonymous.I can ask customer services to close the question for privacy but it will mean that you cannot come back later with subsequent questions.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok. I think I have all the answers for now. Thank you.
No problem and all the best. Remember that I am always available to help with your questions. Even if I am in Court I will usually pick up a question within 12 hours. For future information, please start your question with ‘For Jomo1972’.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
For Jomo1972: Would removing the dog from the country be illegal? Should I go check on the boy or would that not be recommended?
Not per se.But I think that the risk is that the Court would disprove of the fact that you have done that and disqualify you from keeping dogs.That disqualification will only apply in the UK.You could go and visit him if they are happy for that.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have two more dogs. Would that mean I would have to give them away?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Also, in case of a civil claim, how much money would they be entitled to?
Then that is a problem.Yes, it would. I don't think that is a good idea.I dont do civil work and it does depend on the injuries.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is your suggestion that I don't move the dog and wait to see what happens?
I certainly don't think there is anything to be gained in removing him from the UK before the Court has heard this matter.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Would it be stupid to call the police and ask if there was a complaint filled against me?
I wouldn't do that. I know you want to know your fate but all that will do is alert the attention of the officers to something that might not be known to them.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok. Thank you for your help.
No problem. All the best.