Dogs that bit Harvey won't be put down
The owner of two bulldogs that attacked veteran Nine News reporter Peter Harvey has been hit with a hefty fine but the dogs will not be destroyed.
Harvey was left with a 25cm-long gash in his leg after the attack in Sydney's Centennial Park on February 12.
Randwick City Council has fined the owner $550 for the attack and another $220 for failing to have the animals under effective control in a public place.
The owner now has a week to convince the council not to declare the dogs as dangerous if they want to avoid further controls.
Harvey was at the park with his daughter's dog when the two bulldogs "erupted from under a picnic table".
"They were trying to get to my daughter's dog," he told ninemsn.
"I was literally caught in the middle of a dog fight."
The veteran journalist said he did not want to see the dogs destroyed, and that the owners were "horrified" by what had happened.
Randwick mayor Scott Nash said: "Council understands that sometimes dogs need to run and play without a leash.
"(But) unless you are in an off leash area, please keep your dog on a leash for the safety and wellbeing of everyone."
Cr Nash wished Harvey a speedy recovery.
Source: 9 msn News
(Pictures courtesy of the Daily Telegraph)