Man denies dog attack charge

Court House-Sept-2013-07A dog owner is pleading not guilty to a charge of owning dogs which attacked and injured an eight-year-old boy.

Ralph Neville Sparks, a 44-year-old painter from Linwood, indicated the not guilty plea before a registrar at the Christchurch District Court today.

He was remanded on bail to a case review hearing on December 9 on the charge of owning dogs which caused serious injury.

The two dogs – both rottweilers – are alleged to have turned on Sparks’ partner’s son when the boy took them for a walk on Linfield Park in Bromley on August 17. The dogs have since been euthanased.

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