Man charged after his dog chased a herd of deer – before one animal collided with boy, 10

A MAN has been charged after his dog chased a herd of deer – with one animal then colliding with a 10-year-old boy.

The child was hospitalised with bruised ribs after the stampede in Bushy Park, London, last month.

Police said Finn Shioldan, 52, was charged with causing or permitting an animal to chase another animal in a Royal Park following the incident on January 17.

He will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on February 23.

It is illegal for a dog to chase deer in Richmond and Bushy Parks – and owners may face prosecution if caught.

Phil Edwards, Park Manager for Bushy Park said: "We were very upset to learn that a 10 year-old boy suffered injuries on Sunday 17 January, after an out-of-control dog chased a herd of deer in Bushy Park causing a stampede.

"We sincerely hope he has made a full recovery.

"It's illegal for a dog to chase deer in Bushy or Richmond Parks, and we are pleased that the owner of the dog has been charged by the Royal Parks Police and will appear in Wimbledon Magistrates later this month. 

"It’s extremely important that dogs are kept under control at all times when being walked in a deer park.

"This is to avoid injuries to visitors, including innocent children, and also for the protection of our wild deer who roam freely."

Last month police issued a similar warning after another dog carried out a "relentless" attack on a deer that had to be put down.

Dramatic footage, captured by a cyclist, showed the dog savaging the red deer in Richmond Park, London.

The images show Alfie, a Red Setter, biting the deer from behind, dragging it backwards, jumping up, and lunging at it, and continuously running around it on October 1 last year.

The animal had already been hit by a car while it was chased by the dog and was found collapsed in the ferns.

It had to be put down by a game keeper due to its serious injuries.

Franck Hiribarne, 44, from Kingston, pleaded guilty and was handed a total fine of £602.

Police Sergeant Pete Sturgess, from the Met's Royal Parks Command Unit, said: "This incident highlights that even the most careful of dog owners may not see a deer until it is too late.

"Your dog may never have chased the deer before, but once is too many, and this deer paid with her life.

"If you do not know how your dog will react around the deer, or you know they will chase them, then please respect the wildlife by keeping them under control on a lead, or choose an outside space other than Richmond or Bushy Parks to walk off lead."

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