Man fined after dog attacks 14-year-old South Yunderup boy

Mandurah Magistrates Court. Photo: Marta Pascual.
Mandurah Magistrates Court. Photo: Marta Pascual.

A man was fined $1000 after his american-bulldog-mastiff cross, ‘Bella’, bit a 14-year-old boy’s thigh, in South Yunderup. 

Ayton Storm (26) was charged with a dog attack causing physical injury, not holding his dogs on a leash in a designated area, and failing to register his dogs.

He was not present in Mandurah Magistrates Court when his case came before Magistrate Anne Longden on Tuesday, June 5.

Shire of Murray representative Ron Porter told the court two dogs emerged from a bush and started sniffing the victim, when he was walking alone on March 23. 

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Bella was with Storm’s other dog ‘Buddy’, an american staffordshire bull terrier.

Mr Porter said the dogs became distracted by other dogs on the road after the attack, which allowed the boy to hide behind a nearby boat and call his sister for help.

The victim self-treated his wound. 

Mr Porter told the court Storm had since moved to Rockingham, where Bella was involved in another incident on the weekend. He did not provide any details. 

He said the dogs had since been registered. 

Mr Porter said the maximum fine for a dog attack was $10,000. 

Storm was fined $1000 with $190.85 costs.