Parents may take legal action after husky attack

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 February, 2013, 5:31am

The parents of a baby who was attacked by a husky on Lantau say they are considering taking legal action after authorities refused to declare it a dangerous dog.

A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the injury was not severe enough for it to pass the case to the courts, since 15-month-old Emily Le Roux had not required hospital care.

"We will follow the law," said the spokesman, adding that the dog would be classed as a known dangerous dog only if it "severely attacked or caused the death of a person without provocation".

The infant's mother, Sharon Le Roux, said the family was "mad with the system" and were considering taking legal action.

"I don't know how to just leave it there," Le Roux said.

" A baby can't be attacked and that be OK with society," the mother said.

A baby can't be attacked and that be OK with society ... As it stands, the law is clearly not able to protect the children of our community

"As it stands, the law is clearly not able to protect the children of our community," she wrote in an e-mail to the Post.

She said she was concerned the dog might attack again.

Emily was mauled as she sat in her child's seat on the back of a bicycle outside a supermarket in Mui Wo in December.

The department issued an order earlier this year for the husky, owned by Daisy and Terkild Terkildsen, to be kept securely, muzzled and held on a leash of no longer than 1.5 metres.

Neighbours say the dog has attacked smaller dogs, and has killed at least one.

"If they can really control it, I think it's OK," said Matthew Lee, of the Hop Sing car repair store in Mui Wo, whose Pomeranian was allegedly killed by the husky.

"I think they love their dog," Lee said.

If the Terkildsens are found to have violated the order, they will be legally liable under the dogs and cats ordinance.

The department is also still looking into whether the couple are liable for their dog attacking Emily.

There were 98 convictions for dog attacks last year, of the 1,054 reported. One dog was declared dangerous. In 2011 there were 145 convictions, with 1,225 reported attacks, and four dogs were declared dangerous.



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