Skin graft needed after dog attack

A WOMAN needed a skin graft after an out-of-control dog called Dave bit her leg in Cleckheaton last year.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard she was walking her own pets on December 20 when the Staffordshire Bull Terrier attacked her. Dave’s owner, Jane Baker, 45, of Turnsteads Drive, was convicted after a trial of having a dog dangerously out of control and causing injury.

The victim was walking three dogs, two British bulldogs and a French bulldog, at the time of the incident.

She saw two dogs belonging to Baker coming out of a home and asked for them to put back inside due to concerns about the safety of her pets.

Bill Astin, prosecuting, said: “She saw the defendant, who lives at the address, and asked her to get her dogs back in. There was an exchange of language and one of the dogs bit her on her leg. This broke the skin and it started bleeding.”

Passers-by intervened and the woman was was taken to hospital, where she needed a skin-graft.

The court was told she blamed the dog’s owner rather than the animal as this was how it had been taught to behave. Cheryl Ford, mitigating, said Dave may have reacted to a perceived threat to his owner.

Deputy District Judge James Hatton gave Baker a community order with 15 days of activity.

She must also pay £300 compensation, £200 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

And Dave is now subject to contingent destruction order – which means he will be destroyed if not kept muzzled at all times while outside.

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