Dogs facing destruction after attack on girl, 4, outside Gospel Oak Station
18:28 24 February 2014
Two pet dogs are set to be destroyed after mauling a four-year-old girl in an horrific attack.
Hezron Curtis, 35, of Laurier Road, Dartmouth Park, walked the streets of Camden with pit bull-type mongrels.
The dogs are classified as a prohibited breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act and one of the animals was already known to the police for biting another resident.
Police were called on December 4 last year to reports that a child has been bitten by a dog outside Gospel Oak Station.
The four-year-old girl was taken to hospital with serious facial injuries, including potentially life changing injuries to her eye.
Shocking CCTV footage of the incident later showed the dog jumping up and attacking the child completely unprovoked, biting her face and pulling her off her scooter.
Blackfriars Crown Court heard how one of the dogs was allowed to continue walking the streets of Camden despite a history of violence.
Earlier last year on August 6, one of Curtis’ dogs chased a cat into a residential property on the Denyer estate, off Highgate Road, Dartmouth Park, biting a man inside the property before killing the cat.
As a result of the incident on December 4, police launched a review of all previous allegations of dog bites in Camden.
Four officers are currently the subject of an internal investigation relating to the August incident.
Curtis pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited dog and being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control in a public place and was sentenced to two years in prison today.
One of the dangerous dogs was ordered to be destroyed and the second awaits a formal magistrates court order for destruction.
Det Con Shu’aib Gafur, of Camden CID, said: “This was a horrific dog attack on a young girl innocently riding her scooter.
“The brutal attack was witnessed by her eight-year-old brother and her mother who desperately tried to rescue her daughter.
“It has been a very traumatic time for the family. I hope today’s verdict brings some form of comfort to the family and helps them to move forward.
“This sentence serves as an important reminder to all dog owners to properly control their animals and take extra measures when out in public, particularly around children.”