Grandad, 72, has thumb ‘ripped off in vicious dog attack’ but owner won’t be prosecuted

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WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES The 72-year-old, who does not wish to be named, was allegedly attacked more than five months ago, but is still receiving treatment. The family have now been told by police the owners will not be prosecuted

A grandad is still in recovery after allegedly being attacked by a dog over five months ago
A grandad is still in recovery after allegedly being attacked by a dog over five months ago

A grandad has claimed his thumb was “ripped off” during a terrifying dog attack, but the owners will not be prosecuted due to “insufficient evidence”.

The 72-year-old, who does not wish to be named, is still undergoing treatment following the July 16 attack, which left him with part of the digit missing, and numerous wounds to his face, throat, body and legs.

He says he was attacked by the American bulldog-type canine as he walked his own dog in Blackburn, West Lothian, and tried to lift his pet off the ground in an attempt to save it, the Daily Record reports.

However, the victim’s family have been left reeling after prosecutors decided there was not enough evidence to pursue the case.

Police launched an investigation and seized the dog that was allegedly involved before submitting a report to the Procurator Fiscal.

The 72-year-old, who does not wish to be named, is still undergoing treatment, after the incident left him with part of the digit missing, and numerous wounds to his face, throat, body and legs.
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In a letter from the Crown Office, they were told: “Unfortunately, on consideration of the evidence I have concluded that the statement provided by the accused in this case would not be admissible in evidence.

“As such, without that statement, there is insufficient evidence of the specific circumstances of the attack to allow the accused to be prosecuted.”

Son David Jones told how his elderly dad continues to struggle with lasting effects of his physical injuries due to him being left handed.

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He said: “We just feel totally let down by the justice system. The police are meant to be there to help you but from day one, we weren’t listened to or taken seriously.

“They put it down as a dog on dog attack even though no statements had been taken at that point.

“This is a dangerous animal and we genuinely believe it’s only a matter of time before it attacks someone again.

“The dog is back with its owner now which means my dad has to see it when he’s out walking Domino.

“We appealed the Procurator Fiscal’s original decision and sent in all the photographs of dad’s injuries along with messages from the dog’s owner.

“But they’re just not interested. My dad isn’t one to complain and he’s trying to move past it but he’s still struggling with his injuries.

“He’s obviously lost his thumb on his left hand and his right hand is knackered as well.”

He is now learning how to use his hand again
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The Crown Office has instructed the police to notify the local dog warden about the circumstances of the incident.

This could result in a Dog Control Notice being issued for the animal which can include specific conditions such as it having to wear a muzzle.

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: “Officers have been investigating the incident and have requested further information which once received, will then enable them to take the most appropriate course of action.”

A spokesperson for the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service said: “Following full and careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of this case, it was decided there should be no criminal proceedings.

“At the request of the complainer, the original decision was subject to a full review, carried out by a professional prosecutor who had no previous involvement in the case.

“After a thorough review of all evidence in the case, that prosecutor confirmed that the original decision not to prosecute was reasonable.

“The complainer has been provided with detailed information about this decision and the review process.”

Police Scotland declined to comment.

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