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A Avenay south of Caen (Calvados), Friday February 11, 2022, Arlette* is attacked and bitten by a dog who escaped from his master’s court. Wednesday October 19, 2022, Bastien * (35 years old) was tried in correctional before the caen courtliable for involuntary injuries by aggression of a dog without anti-rabies vaccination, as well as for keeping unidentified dogs.
“My clothes saved my life”
It is 4:30 p.m. when Arlette, passing in front of Bastien’s house, sees two dogs of unidentifiable breeds approaching who have escaped through a hole in the fence. They are molossers, one apparently being a Boxer-Malinois cross. One of them throws himself on her, starting by biting the bottom of her anorak. He knocks her down. The fall leads to head trauma, a sprain and various hematomas.
The dog will then bite his side and his left thigh. A witness screams to stop the beast. If Bastien is absent at the hearing, Arlette showed up. She tells :
It was my clothes that saved my life. If it had been a child the dog would have slaughtered it.
Despite the fear felt and her torn anorak, Arlette was not asked for compensation. Not being resentful, she asks to think about it. What she wishes is that the dogs can no longer leave their yard this way.
Too many dog wanderings in the town
The mayor had already asked his constituents to properly close their garden, dogs reproducing in an anarchic way in the town. As for Bastien, it turns out that he had been ordered to repair a hole in his fence, which he never did. Finally, the animals do not have an up-to-date anti-rabies vaccination and are not identified. The prosecutor recalls all these shortcomings, emphasizing the consequences in terms of public security. The defense lawyer speaks of a man who lives on the fringes, receiving the disabled adult allowance and who sometimes has trouble understanding things.
He received a two-month suspended prison sentence and a 250 euro fine. Both dogs are taken away from him. The victim’s civil action being declared admissible, there is a referral on civil interests, next April.
*Bastien and Arlette assumed names
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