Joshua Walker, a resident of Perth, is fighting attempts to have his American bulldog “destroyed” after it bit his Tinder date that left her with a serious injury. The 28-year-old man has accepted most of the charges levied by the woman but has opposed the application to have his pet dog Texas “destroyed”.
WHAT IS THE INCIDENT ALL ABOUT?
Joshua Walker interacted with the woman on Tinder, and thereafter, met her at a hotel for drinks on Christmas last year. After their outing, she went to Joshua’s place, ABC News reports. Before she could enter his home, Joshua asked her to wait until he had secured Texas outside.
The Perth Magistrates Court was told that the woman put her hand out to Texas “to sniff” but it jumped and bit her on the face.
WHAT DID THE PROSECUTOR SAY?
As per prosecutor Tim Houweling, a “chunk” was bitten off from the woman’s face and she was left with a “hole”. For that, she had to undergo plastic surgery and required 21 stitches.
As per the report published in ABC News, Tim Houweling also said that Texas was unregistered and Joshua Walker had not provided the dog’s microchip details to his local council.
Owing to the dangerous attack by the dog on the woman, the council was “seeking to have the dog destroyed to ensure it was removed from the community.”
WHAT DID JOSHUA WALKER’S LAWYER SAY?
Joshua Walker has accepted almost every other fact of the case, his lawyer Alex Smith said. However, Joshua did not agree with the fact that the woman was bitten after she put her hand out to Texas. Instead, Joshua said that “she had lent over the dog.”
As per Alex Smith, Joshua has also denied that Texas “mauled and chomped” the woman on her cheek, as she claimed in her statement. Instead, Texas bit her just once, he said, adding that Joshua immediately took her to a hospital for treatment after the attack.
WHERE IS JOSHUA WALKER’S PET DOG TEXAS?
Joshua Walker has opposed the application to have Texas “destroyed,” Alex Smith told the court, and added that the dog is “missing” at the moment. The matter has been reported to the local ranger.
“If Texas is found he wants to retain ownership,” he said, ABC News reports.
Tim Houweling, meanwhile, has urged the court to impose a penalty on Joshua Walker in view of the attack. Joshua Walker will return to court next month to be sentenced.
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