10-year dog ban for Grimsby man after Staffordshire bull terrier's horror attack
A MAN has been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years after his dog launched a savage attack on another dog that was "worse then a horror film".
Horrified people at the scene desperately tried to pull the Staffordshire bull terrier off its victim – but its jaws were clamped so tightly around the other dog's neck, it took three sedative injections before its teeth could finally be forced open.
As reported, Vet Agata Tiszler, from the Clee Veterinary Centre, was hailed as a hero by Nora Shreeve, 77, the owner of West Highland terrier, Max, adding that without her intervention, he would not be here today.
However, Grimsby Magistrates Court heard that Raymond Brown, the owner of the ferocious Tyson, did nothing to try to separate the animals. Brown, 32, of Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby, admitted being the owner of a dog which was dangerously out of control on August 23 last year.
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Debbie Sanders, prosecuting, told Grimsby magistrates Mrs Shreeve, 77, and her niece, June Shreeve, were in Cleethorpe Road with Max, when Brown's dog came running up to them.
Tyson grabbed hold of Max, pulled him out of the arms of his owner and grabbed him by the back of his neck.
June Shreeve tried to separate them but was bitten. Brown arrived on the scene as a witness, Nicola Jackson, also tried to separate the two dogs.
"Brown did not do anything to separate Tyson, who still had hold of Max's neck," said Miss Sanders.
Ms Tiszler, who was working at the nearby practice was alerted and Tyson was given a sedative injection – but it took two more injections before his jaws could be forced open.
The attacked dog was kept at the vets overnight but Mrs Shreeve later said that Max was now a "different dog", who froze and started to back away if he spotted other dogs.
"As bad as it was for Max being attacked, if it had been one of the children at the bus stop, it doesn't bear thinking about," she said.
June Shreeve, said she later suffered "flashbacks" and it was "worse to me than a horror film, with the amount of blood and screaming".
She said of Brown: "He just stood there and never had control over that dog and it was a killer.
"What if that was a child that the dog had attacked? There were a few children waiting at this bus stop.
"It doesn't even bear thinking about."
Clint Chambers, mitigating, said Brown agreed to have the dog put down shortly after the incident.
He had owned the dog for only about two weeks before the attack but, in that time, there had been two earlier incidents involving other dogs, including one when Tyson had bitten another dog.
On the latest occasion, Brown allowed the dog off his lead and Tyson ran around the corner.
Brown assumed the dog was running back home and claimed he had not been warned by the previous owner about Tyson's behaviour.
It was too far for Brown to shout a command for Tyson to come back. He thought the other dog owner would pick up her pet but it was too late.
"Everything was happening too fast for him," said Mr Chambers.
Brown "froze" while the other people desperately tried to get the attacking dog away.
He had not tried to goad his dog into attacking anybody, said Mr Chambers. Brown did not now own a dog.
Presiding magistrate Ian Perry told Brown: "We regard your culpability in this as quite high.
"The consequences of attacking this dog and the trauma that it has caused to the owner and those around – and the fact that there were children around at a bus stop – only adds to the tale of woe."
Unemployed Brown, who had no previous convictions, was given an eight-week 7pm to 7am curfew and was ordered to pay £132.47 compensation for vet's bills and £85 costs.