Newport woman hurt in dog attack in Pill which killed her Yorkshire Terrier slams pitbull's owner's jail sentence

Kay Piatek unhappy with the sentence handed to dangerous dog owner

Kirk Fleming jailed for nine months under new dangerous dog sentence

First published in Gwent news South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

A WOMAN left scarred for life in a dog attack which also killed one of her pets said the sentence handed out to the owner was not enough.

Kay Piatek, 51, from Newport, was mauled when she was out walking her three Yorkshire Terriers in Pill on September 24, 2011. She suffered a double break in her left arm, as well as open wounds.

Mrs Piatek said doctors told her she will be scarred for life and has lost the feeling in both her ring and little finger. She has also got little strength in the injured arm.

She said the sentence handed down to Fleming was inadequate: "He'll only serve half of that time, then it's all over for him, I've still got the stress, the trauma - it's totally changed my life.

"He can carry on with his life, but mine's still upside down, I've lost everything; my lifestyle, my independence. I don't think four-and-a-half months is enough - no costs, no compensation, no nothing."

One of her terriers, Maxi, was killed when the pitbull, Cain, attacked and mauled him. Her second dog, Mitchie, died six weeks later.

She still has her Yorkshire Terrier Alfie, but said she is wary when she takes him for a walk and will wait until late in the evening to do it to avoid seeing other dog owners.

As reported in the Argus on Wednesday, Kirk Fleming, 31, of Alexandra Road, was locked up for nine months after pleading guilty to owning a white pitbull-mastiff cross which had caused injury and was dangerously out of control in a public place.

Due to the fact she had to take five months off work following the attack, unfortunately Mrs Piatek's post was made redundant. She has also suffered the added heartbreak of losing her mother, Irene Wright, 76, who died in her sleep six weeks ago.

The family is still waiting to find out the cause of death.

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10:36am Fri 31 Aug 12

rhinestine says...

Justice in this country is non existent, the only time they throw the book at you is for speeding fines or if you stand against any criminal activities
Justice in this country is non existent, the only time they throw the book at you is for speeding fines or if you stand against any criminal activities rhinestine
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2:13pm Fri 31 Aug 12

vincesplc says...

How is throwing the book at you for speeding you dont go to prison? its 3 points insnt it and a fine. dont forget speeding kills!!!
i agree he should have had more of a sentence but also think these speeding maniacs should have the book thrown at them as you say,but they dont!!
How is throwing the book at you for speeding you dont go to prison? its 3 points insnt it and a fine. dont forget speeding kills!!! i agree he should have had more of a sentence but also think these speeding maniacs should have the book thrown at them as you say,but they dont!! vincesplc
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5:05pm Fri 31 Aug 12

denlexx says...

JUSTICE you won,t get any in this country any more we are living in a nut house now ..
i feel sorry for our kids at least we knew a time when when they had law in this country
JUSTICE you won,t get any in this country any more we are living in a nut house now .. i feel sorry for our kids at least we knew a time when when they had law in this country denlexx
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5:45pm Fri 31 Aug 12

NakedDancer says...

vincesplc wrote:
How is throwing the book at you for speeding you dont go to prison? its 3 points insnt it and a fine. dont forget speeding kills!!!
i agree he should have had more of a sentence but also think these speeding maniacs should have the book thrown at them as you say,but they dont!!
Speeding doesn't kill people, but driving badly can (at any speed)....and killing people with a car has much more serious consequences than speeding charges.

I think the point was that the policing effort and consequences of easy-to-catch relatively minor offences are not in proportion to the policing effort and consequences of serious offences - like this one.

I suggest lock the offender up with someone elses dangerous dog for the duration of his sentence.
[quote][p][bold]vincesplc[/bold] wrote: How is throwing the book at you for speeding you dont go to prison? its 3 points insnt it and a fine. dont forget speeding kills!!! i agree he should have had more of a sentence but also think these speeding maniacs should have the book thrown at them as you say,but they dont!![/p][/quote]Speeding doesn't kill people, but driving badly can (at any speed)....and killing people with a car has much more serious consequences than speeding charges. I think the point was that the policing effort and consequences of easy-to-catch relatively minor offences are not in proportion to the policing effort and consequences of serious offences - like this one. I suggest lock the offender up with someone elses dangerous dog for the duration of his sentence. NakedDancer
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9:44pm Fri 31 Aug 12

Riley2012 says...

As usual the scum win and the victim's loose out, the law is a sick joke, at least we know our taxes go to a good cause ??!
As usual the scum win and the victim's loose out, the law is a sick joke, at least we know our taxes go to a good cause ??! Riley2012
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