Mum hits out at royal sentence

DISGUSTED Suffolk mum Marilyn Smart has hit out at the punishment given to Princess Anne after one of her dogs attacked two children.Mrs Smart's son Jonathan was attacked by a dog while on holiday in America.

DISGUSTED Suffolk mum Marilyn Smart has hit out at the punishment given to Princess Anne after one of her dogs attacked two children.

She said the Princess Royal's English bull terrier Dotty should have been put down and that she was given special treatment.

Mrs Smart's son Jonathan was attacked by a dog while on holiday in America.

He has still not fully recovered from the attack. He is now petrified of dogs and his plight is being made worse by children bullying him about the large scar left on his face.


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Mrs Smart, of Western Avenue, Felixstowe, said: "I think they should have been put down because if they bit once they're going to do it again.

"I think it's disgusting that they should have such vicious dogs.

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"I think because she's a royal she has got away with it."

She said the English bull terrier should have been put down like the rottweiler was in America after it bit her son.

She said:"I don't think they should have been given a second chance. They should have been punished like everybody else."

Jonathan Smart was ten when a family dog attacked him during the family's Easter break last year.

He had to have 60 stitches in his face after the pet rottweiler pounced on him while he was playing on a trampoline.

The dog ripped out a piece of Jonathan's flesh on his cheek.

He had to be taken to hospital in Kentucky, where he underwent skin graft surgery on his face.

More than a year later Jonathan still suffers psychologically from the traumatic attack.

His mother said: "He's still not right. His face has healed up, but it's going to play on his mind for the rest of his life. If he sees dogs he just freezes."

Jonathon has also suffered from bullying at his school, where children taunt him and call him names like "dog face".

"They don't realise how cruel they are," said Mrs Smart.

"If you have got children and your children have been bitten by dogs then no amount of money is going to be enough," Mrs Smart said of the punishment dealt out to the Princess on Thursday at the East Berkshire magistrates court in Slough.

Princess Anne was fined £500 and was ordered to pay £250 compensation to the seven and 12-year-old boys who were bitten and scratched in April in Windsor Great Park. She also had to pay £148 court costs.

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