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Man fined after dog attack

A Newtownabbey man has been fined in court and ordered to pay £500 compensation after his two dogs attacked and injured a seven-year-old boy.

Gareth Bullen, from Carnreagh Bend, was fined £300 at Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday (Tuesday July 20) and ordered to pay costs of £69 for the offence on July 27, 2009.

Mr Bullen was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to the injured party.

The court heard how a German Shepherd and Boxer dog belonging to Mr Bullen had attacked and injured the child at Oakley Street in north Belfast last year.

The District Judge also issued a confinement order meaning the dogs must be kept on a lead and muzzled at all times when out in public.

A council spokeswoman said: “It is our commitment to protect the health and safety of the public.

“Belfast City Council adopts an extremely robust approach to each and every reported dog attack. ”

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