MERSING: A fisherman here has claimed trial to a charge of negligence and one of keeping a mixed-breed dog without a licence after his pet attacked an 11-year-old girl at a house in Taman Permata, Endau here in June.
Lim Seer Hao pleaded not guilty in front of magistrate Mazana Sinin on Wednesday (Oct 2).
The 36-year-old allegedly committed the offences at Jalan Permata 3, Taman Permata, Endau at about 7.30pm on June 27.
In the first charge, the accused in his negligence had left his "mixed-breed pitbull" unattended and it caused harm and serious injury to his neighbour, an 11-year-old girl.
For the offence, he was charged under Section 289 of the Penal Code with negligent conduct in respect to an animal, and he faces a maximum fine of RM2,000, a jail tern of no more than six months or both if found guilty.
The accused was also charged for keeping a mixed-breed pitbull without a licence, which is an offence under Section 3(1) of the Local Government Act 1976 (Dog Licensing By-Law).
The offence carries a fine of not more than RM1,000, imprisonment not more than six months or both.
The case was prosecuted by deputy public prosecutor Putera Amirool Faez Suhasi while the accused was represented by Yen Heng Teng.
Putera Amirool Faez then suggested RM3,000 bail to the court for both charges, while Lim's lawyer pleaded for a lower bail as the accused had seven dependents including four children, his wife, and his parents.
The court then offered RM2,500 bail with one surety and set Oct 23 for the case re-mention.
On June 27,2019, an 11-year-old girl was left with gruesome facial injuries after being mauled by her neighbour’s dog.
Mersing OCPD Supt Cyril Edward Nuing said the victim was playing at her neighbour’s house on the day when the chain holding the dog broke at about 7.30pm.
The mixed-breed dog had attacked the child and bit parts of her face and body and the victim suffered serious injuries.
Initial investigations showed the dog’s owner did not have any permit or licence to keep the animal.