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Man who had to put his dog to sleep when he bit toddler reunited after raising £2.5k for pet therapy

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Owner of Jack Russell who bit toddler, family friend and other dogs is spared to put his pet down after raising up to £2,500 for animal behavior therapy

  • Colin Greaves raised £2,500 to save his dog from a possible death penalty
  • Jack Russell terrier Geddy, 53, bit toddler’s nose in May, 3
  • The pet was able to return home provided it follows behavioral therapy

A dog lover has been reunited with his Jack Russell terrier after it was confiscated by police and facing a possible death penalty for biting a three-year-old boy.

Colin Greaves, 53, had to put down six-year-old dog Geddy after biting a toddler on the nose at a family friend’s house in May.

The police seized the dog and it later emerged that Geddy had already bitten a family friend, other dogs and Greaves himself.

The pet had previously been muzzled and had already taken behavior classes.

But the former lorry driver funded £2,475 in fees to pay an animal behaviorist and lawyers, while Geddy was held in kennels for six months awaiting trial.

A contingent destruction order has now been issued, meaning the dog must be leashed and muzzled in public.

A condition of the dog’s return was that he take three classes in dog behavior management and be kept separate when he has visitors at his home in Great Sankey, Warrington, Cheshire.

Colin Greaves was reunited with Geddy, his Jack Russell terrier, after the pet was seized by police for biting a three-year-old boy

Geddy had already bitten a family friend, other dogs and his owner

Geddy had already bitten a family friend, other dogs and his owner

A condition of the dog's return was that he undergo three dog behavior control classes and be kept separate when he had visitors to his home.

A condition of the dog’s return was that he undergo three dog behavior control classes and be kept separate when he had visitors to his home.

At Sefton Magistrates’ Court, Greaves was ordered to pay the unnamed boy £100 in damages after he admitted to owning a dog that was dangerously out of control.

After the case, he described the case as a “ridiculous mess” while photos subsequently shared on social media showed him with his beloved pet.

The incident took place on May 25 this year after the boy and his mother stopped by to see relatives while Greaves and Geddy were also present at the home.

The mother said in a statement: “I was on the phone in the kitchen when I heard a terrible noise coming from the living room around 3:15 pm. I saw my son sitting on Colin’s knee with blood all over.

“There were a lot of fights between me and Colin, who was very defensive of the dog. We got a call from the police asking what happened, but Colin said, ‘It’s my dog ​​and you’re going to have to go through me to get to my dog.’

Defense attorney Steve Langton said soothingly: “He accepts that he should have taken more responsibility for the boy’s time there. My instructions are that the circumstances are exaggerated. The police have no problem with the general behavior of the dog.’

Greaves had enlisted the help of the campaign group set up by the owners of a pit bull dog named Rocky who had been seized by police under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (DDA) in 2017 but was later declared exempt

Greaves had enlisted the help of the campaign group set up by the owners of a pit bull dog named Rocky who had been seized by police under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (DDA) in 2017 but was later declared exempt

A court order means that Geddy must be leashed and muzzled from now on

A court order means that Geddy must be leashed and muzzled from now on

Mr Langton said there had been ‘very minor’ incidents with the dog in the past, with the dog biting his hand when he tried to cuddle him while he slept, resulting in scratching, not biting.

“However, he accepts that more care is needed if there is a child in the house,” said the lawyer, “the child did not need any further treatment.” The marks were clear within a week or two.”

Greaves was fined £120 and ordered to pay costs and a victim’s fee of £154.

Greaves had sought the help of the Rocky’s Army BSL and DDA campaign group founded by the owners of a pit bull dog named Rocky that was seized by police in 2017 under the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (DDA) but later declared exempt.

The site provides online support to dog lovers whose pets have been seized by the police.

In a statement posted on Facebook, he said: ‘Finally, after six months of police detention. My best friend Geddy is released to me again. Thank you so much for all the help sorting this ridiculous mess out and thank you so much for your incredible support.”

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