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A BALLACHULISH man was spared punishment after the dog he rescued bit a police officer on the bottom.
David Crilley, from West Pier House, adopted a German Shepherd from a rescue centre down south.
The 73-year-old yesterday (Tuesday) pleaded guilty at Fort William Sheriff Court to owning the dog which was out of control when it bit Officer McTaggart on the A828 road on January 5.
Fiscal depute Martine Eastwood said the officer had been assisting with a wide load when the dog jumped out of Crilley’s car and bit him. She said his trousers were ripped and he suffered a minor laceration.
When asked if he had anything to say, Mr Crilley said he regretted the incident.
He explained it was part of the agreement with the rescue centre that should an incident occur, the dog had to be returned and that’s what he had done.
Mr Crilley added that he had thought the dog to be a happy animal and he didn’t know if it was trauma of the traffic which had caused it to act aggressively.
Sheriff William Taylor said the Dangerous Dogs Act was designed to reprimand those who didn’t recognise that dogs could be dangerous in nature
As he admonished Mr Crilley he added: You are not in the category of people the legislation was concerned about.’