Dog owner admits Staffordshire Bull Terrier attack in Tuffley
Two Staffordshire bull terriers escaped from a back garden and mauled two dogs on their leads, a court heard.
While two of victim Andrea Wild’s dogs ran off from Mark Horsley’s pets Poppy and Toby, her greyhound Billy and terrier Maggie were savagely attacked, and she was injured trying to prise them apart, Stroud Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday, October 16.
Horsley, 39, of Wilton Road, Linden, Gloucester, admitted two charges of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and causing injury.
Prosecutor Peter Ashby told the court Ms Wild was walking four dogs on leads in Tuffley Avenue at 10.30am on Sunday, December 30, 2012, when the attack happened.
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“As she walked past the two dogs pushed their way out of a gate and attacked her dogs,” said Mr Ashby.
“The dogs showed no signs of trying to interact with her dogs but simply ran at them and attacked them.
“She dropped the leads of her dogs to let them escape, and because she was frightened.”
But two of the dogs didn’t escape and one was so badly injured it had to be put down.
“Her terrier was taken by the neck and shaken violently,” said Mr Ashby.
“She tried to remove it from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
“The other Staffordshire Bull Terrier was attacking her greyhound.
“It was already suffering from a lack of mobility and could not get away.
“She tried to stop it from biting her dog Billy - she tried to stop it biting Billy’s neck and head.”
He said Horsley came out and removed his two dogs, and Ms Wild had suffered grazes and bite marks on her hands.
Horsley offered to take her and her dogs to the vet and pay for their treatment said Mr Ashby.
But he was advised not to until after a court case, said Kirsty Gordon-Cleaver, defending.
In interview he told police he let his dogs out in to the back garden and heard a commotion when he was upstairs.
As soon as he realised what was happening, he intervened and took the dogs and Ms Wild to the vets, he told officers.
The case was adjourned before sentence because another hearing must take place to decide whether the dogs were responsible for an attack in 2008.
The next hearing will be at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on February 4, 2014, at 10am.