02:42AM, Tuesday 06 November 2012
Magistrates have ruled that a dog owner will never be reunited with his beloved black labrador Buster after the pet attacked a schoolboy in Windsor town centre.
Devastated Kevin McNally was told the news at Reading Magistrates' Court yesterday.
The 43-year-old, from Brunel Close, Maidenhead, was appearing for sentencing after his pet pounced on 13-year-old Jake Lee in Thames Street on December 10.
The court heard the teenager had been to the Theatre Royal in Windsor with his mother and two siblings when he was attacked outside a bus stop.
McNally, who was homeless at the time, had fallen asleep in the doorway to Lloyds TSB Bank when his dog, which had a lead around its neck, bit the youngster.
Magistrates were told the bite did not draw blood or penetrate the ankle of the teenager, but the Lee family were 'shocked' by the attack.
Alan Morgan, defending, said: "My client had always been in control of Buster."
The pair had been together for five years.
McNally was said to have a long history of problems with alcohol and drugs and had numerous public order offences.
He had admitted owning a dog that was dangerously out of control in a public place during a hearing at the same court on October 15.
Buster remains in the care of a dog handling expert but no decision was made about his future despite a plea from the prosecution to find a permanent home for Buster.
McNally was given a one-year community order, banned from owning a dog for two years and told he would never be allowed to have Buster back.
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