A DOG lover whose Staffordshire bull terrier savaged a child lied to police by saying he had been put down — even showing them a casket filled with ashes she claimed were his.
Kim Cannock carried out the deception because she feared Benson would be destroyed after he bit the boy, aged nine, on his top lip — leaving him scarred — as he petted the animal in her home.
To convince neighbours and relatives he had been put to sleep, she posted messages on Facebook such as ‘RIP my boy’ and referred to him ‘going over the rainbow bridge’ to join other dead pets.
The dog, then aged 19 months, had secretly been rehomed, a court heard.
The 55-year-old, who showed officers the casket with Benson’s name on it after the attack last September, admitted having a dog dangerously out of control.
She told Cheltenham magistrates: ‘I don’t want him destroyed. He was a puppy, he’s not a dangerous dog.
‘I had a lot of grief from people in the village. I put it on Facebook to get them off my back. I do apologise. I regret deeply that I lied to the family.’
Magistrates spared Benson on the condition he is kept in a cage if a child under 16 visits. He must wear a muzzle outdoors, including in the garden.
Cannock, of Kemble, Gloucestershire, was told to pay £1,000 in compensation to the victim, along with a further £470 in costs and fines.