Rottweiler Attack Leads to 14-Month Suspended Sentence for Owner in Swansea

Pontardawe, Wales – A man from Pontardawe has been sentenced for his Rottweiler’s violent attacks on two individuals, following two separate incidents that resulted in serious injuries to the victims.

The first attack occurred on August 20, 2022, when the dog, named TJ, viciously attacked Holly-Jean Emery, causing significant arm injuries and psychological trauma. The second incident took place almost a year later, on August 23, targeting Mark Bennett, who was working near his van with his young son nearby. Both victims required medical attention for their injuries.

The Swansea Crown Court, upon learning about the severity of the attacks, ordered the destruction of TJ. The owner, Colin Probert, who has a history of previous convictions, pleaded guilty to owning a dangerously out of control dog that caused injury. He was then sentenced to 14 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, along with rehabilitation and community service requirements. The court decided against ordering any compensation for the victims due to Probert’s financial situation.

This case sheds light on a broader issue regarding dog attacks in the area. The South Wales Department of Health and Environmental Control reported over 3,000 dog bites between 2021 and 2022, highlighting the significance of the problem. It serves as a reminder of the responsibility that pet owners bear for their pets’ behavior and the potential harm they can cause to others.