Dog attack leads to court
TWO men struggled with a dog after it clamped its jaws around a German Shepherd's neck, a court heard.Remorseful pet owner Donna Lancaster gave away her Staffordshire Bull Terrier after the terrifying attack outside her home in Stoney Road, Grundisburgh.
TWO men struggled with a dog after it clamped its jaws around a German Shepherd's neck, a court heard.
Remorseful pet owner Donna Lancaster gave away her Staffordshire Bull Terrier after the terrifying attack outside her home in Stoney Road, Grundisburgh.
The owner of the German Shepherd also gave up her dog after she feared a repeat incident.
"It was a run of the mill walk when all of a sudden a short haired Staffordshire Bull Terrier ran out of number 25 and grabbed hold of the dog by the neck," said Gareth Davies, prosecuting at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.
The bull terrier started wrestling with the dog so Lancaster ran out of the house to try and separate them.
"Two members of the public, two males, intervened at the scene," said Mr Davies.
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The Bull Terrier finally released its grip then took a bite of the German Shepherd's rear end.
After the dogs were separated and police were called. Meanwhile the owner of the German Shepherd received scratches and bruises during the attack as she tried to intervene.
Lancaster, 36, admitted owning a dog which was dangerously out of control in a public place.
The court heard the bull terrier had been involved in a previous incident which did not go to court but was resolved by Lancaster forking out for vet bills.
Mr Davies revealed the impact on the German Shepherd owner in a statement read to the court.
"She had to re-home her dog as a result," said Mr Davies.
"Even now she fears other dogs of the same type.
"She was angry that her own animal having been attacked had to be re-housed."
Representing herself tearful Lancaster showed remorse and said she no longer owns the dog as a result.
"It belonged to my ex-partner and I sort of inherited it," she said. "I no longer own the dog as that incident made me realise I was not able to control him," she said.
"I contacted the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Society to find out about rehousing someone who may have experience with the breed.
"I am very regretful about what had occurred."
She had tried to contact the other dog owner after the incident but was unable to find her.
"I tried to do the right thing," she said.
Bench chairman John Woolley ordered Lancaster to pay £100 compensation to the dog owner.