Staffie cross is put down af­ter rip­ping into pen­sioner and cop

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Jackie Grant

A ter­ri­fied pen­sioner was se­ri­ously in­jured when a dog bit her dur­ing a sav­age at­tack.

Jane Mont­gomery was at­tend­ing St Michael’s Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Dum­fries when the Stafford­shire Ter­rier cross lunged at her, rip­ping into her arm.

The 73-year-old struck her head on a glass door dur­ing the strug­gle be­fore fall­ing to the ground with the dog on top of her.

Hor­ri­fied staff and pa­tients at the prac­tice tried to help her as she lay on the floor.

She said: “I was scream­ing. I thought it was go­ing to eat me.”

A 62-year-old woman who tried to help Mrs Mont­gomery was also bit­ten.

But by the time po­lice ar­rived at the scene, the dog and its owner, Stu­art Mac­neil­lie, had dis­ap­peared.

Mrs Mont­gomery, who is re­cov­er­ing from an op­er­a­tion af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer, was about to head home af­ter see­ing her doc­tor when the at­tack took place on Mon­day morn­ing.

She said: “I first saw the dog in the chemist next door and it was bark­ing and bark­ing. I felt scared.

“When it later at­tacked me, peo­ple rushed to help.

“The doc­tor phoned my son to come and take me to hos­pi­tal in­stead of get­ting an am­bu­lance.”

Mrs Mont­gomery was treated for se­ri­ous in­juries to her arms be­fore be­ing al­lowed home.

She added: “My hus­band Nor­man was re­ally up­set about what hap­pened.

“I’m hav­ing trou­ble sleep­ing and I still feel sick think­ing about it.”

Thirty-four-year-old Mac­neil­lie was ar­rested by po­lice on Wed­nes­day af­ter the an­i­mal struck again, this time turn­ing on Dum­fries town cen­tre po­lice con­sta­ble Alis­tair Hope.

The dog leapt on the of­fi­cer in Buc­cleuch Street and at­tacked him. PC Hope was taken to Dum­fries In­fir­mary for treat­ment to wounds on his legs.

The an­i­mal was later put down and Mac­neil­lie, of McKie Av­enue in Dum­fries, was ar­rested and locked up be­fore ap­pear­ing at the town’s sher­iff court yes­ter­day.

He pleaded guilty to be­ing the owner of the “dan­ger­ously out of con­trol” dog and ad­mit­ted it had growled and lunged in an ag­gres­sive man­ner at the med­i­cal cen­tre, plac­ing peo­ple in a state of fear and alarm, in­jur­ing Mrs Mont­gomery to her se­vere in­jury and per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment, bit­ing the 62-year-old and bit­ing PC Hope.

His so­lic­i­tor told the court he’d only had the dog for a “very short time”.

He was re­leased on bail un­til Oc­to­ber 11 but Sher­iff Ge­orge Jamieson warned him: “This is a very se­ri­ous mat­ter.”

Vic­tim Pen­sioner Jane Mont­gomery was one of sev­eral peo­ple at­tacked by the dog owned by Stu­art Mac­neil­lie, pic­tured right

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