A MAN has been jailed after appearing in the Launceston Magistrates Court over a dog attack on a child.
Michael Redfern Katakos's rottweiler Fluffy grabbed Rohan Swinsberg, 10, around the throat and neck as the child was walking his dog in a Deloraine park.
Katakos, 66, who has served time in prison for similar offences, pleaded guilty to four charges from the February incident.
Fluffy, who has since been euthanised, had been declared a dangerous dog in 2011 but was not muzzled, desexed or on a leash, as required by the law when he attacked the boy.
The victim was taken to hospital with puncture wounds to the face but no lasting physical injuries, the court heard.
Magistrate Reg Marron said it would have been a "horrifying experience for the young person".
"To be in a situation where a dog has you by the neck in my view would have long and deep psychological (effects)," Mr Marron said.
The incident occurred when Katakos, of Doctors Point near Deloraine, took Fluffy and three other smaller dogs to the park.
When the smaller dogs saw Rohan's cocker spaniel they bolted towards it, which led to the victim falling over and Fluffy attacking.
Katakos has previously served time in a Victorian prison for several matters, including a dog attack in 2009.
The court heard the incident involved Katakos whipping a man with a dog lead and then punching him after the man tried to stop Fluffy from attacking his dog.
Despite this Katakos said yesterday that he'd never been charged with a dog offence much less convicted of one.
In a presentence report Katakos said prison didn't worry him because he was a person who could endure hardship.
Katakos, who was unrepresented, told Mr Marron he'd been bitten on the head by a rabid dog when he was six.
As a result he had a lot of empathy for Rohan and had tried to contact the boy.
Mr Marron accepted he was genuinely remorseful and the loss of the dogs, which were his only companions, had been difficult for Katakos.
However, he said the attack was serious and warranted jail.
Katakos was sentenced to four months' jail, with half of the term suspended, and ordered to carry out 119 hours of unpaid community work.
The conviction also bans him from owning dogs.
Since the attack Tasmania's House of Assembly has passed laws that provide a maximum 21-year sentence for owners of dogs who seriously injury or kill people.