Ipswich dog owner’s pet bit woman, court told

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich dog owner has been told he must keep his pet under control after it injured a woman.

Mark Hutson, of Defoe Road, admitted having a Staffordshire terrier-type dog which was dangerously out of control in Macauley Road, Ipswich, when he appeared before the town’s magistrates.

The incident occurred at around 9am on September 19.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said the victim, Kim Gledhill, was walking her King Charles Spaniel when she saw Hutson walking two dogs.

Ms Gledhill had seen the 43-year-old on previous occasions when he would stand behind a car and hold on to his dogs to avoid any confrontation with other pets.

The court heard on the day of the incident one of Hutson’s dogs called Roscoe got free and ran towards her.

Ms Gledhill picked up her dog but Roscoe jumped at her growling and acting in an aggressive manner.

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The court heard she was frozen to the spot.

Roscoe bit one of her hands and right forearm.

Ms Gledhill screamed for residents to come out of their homes to help her.

They took her dog which distracted Roscoe and Hutson managed to put him back on his lead.

Hutson walked away to get the dogs out of the immediate area.

A short while later Hutson and the Ms Gledhill had a conversation about what happened and she told him Roscoe – who is a rescue dog - ought to be muzzled.

Magistrates were told Hutson realises he has to take further precautions with his dogs and since the incident has always had them muzzled in public.

Shelley Drew, representing Hutson, said her client was extremely remorseful and has been working with a behaviourist to address Roscoe’s issues.

The court heard Roscoe had escaped as Hutson tried to wrap the lead around his hand.

Hutson was given a control order to ensure his dog remains muzzled in public at all times. He was also fined £80 and ordered to pay £150 compensation to Ms Gledhill. In addition Hutson must pay £20 to the victims’ fund and costs of £40.