The Mandurah magistrate has ordered a Falcon man’s american bulldog be destroyed after the ‘dangerous dog’ attacked his 92-year-old neighbour who nearly lost his leg from the “gruesome” injuries.
Graham Schultz, 40, did not appear in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday despite being served a notice on September 13 by the City of Mandurah.
On September 12, Schultz was ordered to pay more than $4500 for nine dog-related offences including failing to restrain a dog, being liable for a dog attack and being the owner of unregistered dogs.
I will warn you, they are quite gruesome...Adam Watts
Magistrate Anne Longden had put off the application to destroy the dangerous dog, Jake, so Schultz could be served a further notice to attend court.
City of Mandurah representative Adam Watts had told the court Jake attacked another dog when it walked by the Falcon property on a lead with its owner, on March 20, 2018.
The dog received puncture wounds to its leg and chest. Schultz’s other bulldog, Circus, also ran outside, but did not bite the dog.
Mr Watts said Schultz ran out to his dogs and took them back inside.
The attack the following day was “serious” and “life threatening”, Mr Watts said.
Schultz’s 92-year-old neighbour was checking his mail before Jake and Circus ran up to the man.
Jake bit the man on his right leg and foot causing him to fall to the ground. Circus stood nearby but did not attack the man.
Before handing over photos of the victim’s injuries, Mr Watts warned Magistrate Anne Longden of their graphic nature.
“I will warn you, they are quite gruesome,” he said.
Mr Watts said the man received multiple skin grafts to “prevent the loss of his leg”.
Schultz had been fined $4500 with $1349.30 court costs.