Dog Owner Fined $5,000 For Attack On Police Officer

A man has been fined $5,000 after his dog attacked a police officer and bit him on the nose in Sydney's north. 

The white American Staffordshire Terrier attacked the on-duty policeman in the suburb of Beacon Hill last December.

The policeman was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, including a bite on the nose.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the attack was "quite confronting".

“It was a traumatic incident for the policeman and his colleague on the scene, he was simply doing his job," Regan said.



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The dog owner was fined $5,000 in Manly Court on Tuesday. He was also banned from owning a dog for three years.

Regan said the council takes dog attacks seriously.

"We will not hesitate to take action if a serious attack occurs and I am pleased we were able to take this case to court," he said.

It comes after a Narraweena man was ordered to pay $13,000 in costs and fines after his dog mauled a killed a neighbour's pet spoodle in January.



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