Four dogs ap­peared to be try­ing to tear apart pet

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ley said the Lurchers grabbed Noddy, a King Charles Spaniel, as if they were try­ing to rip him apart and Miss Wood threw her­self onto her pet to try and pre­vent any fur­ther in­jury to the an­i­mal.

Miss Wood, who had man­aged to scoop up her other dog, was kick­ing out at the Lurchers and the Jack Rus­sells which had also be­come in­volved, but she then felt a ‘sear­ing and im­me­di­ate’ pain to the mid­dle fin­ger.

When the dogs’ owner Ross Kyte ar­rived he also tried punch­ing and kick­ing at his an­i­mals to get them away.

The ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal lasted about five min­utes and the court heard that when Miss Wood’s fin­ger was sev­ered there was blood ev­ery­where and she could see the bone.

Miss Hart­ley said a firstaider as­sisted Miss Wood with her in­jured fin­ger, but the court heard that her dog died a few days af­ter the at­tack.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment Miss Wood de­scribed how she had been di­ag­nosed with post trau­matic stress dis­or­der fol­low­ing the at­tack and still had flash­backs.

She said the in­jury has had a mas­sive im­pact on her so­cial life and she was also un­able to ride her horse be­cause her hand was not strong enough.

Kyte, 25, of White­gate Road, Sid­dal, had pleaded guilty to al­low­ing the dogs to be dan­ger­ously out of con­trol in a public place.

The court heard how he had took the dogs away af­ter the at­tack and later gave the an­i­mals away on the ad­vice of ‘’a duty solic­i­tor’’.

Kyte was tear­ful at times in the dock and his bar­ris­ter Ken Green said he was will­ing to help the po­lice to track down the dogs.

Recorder Peter Babb said he was not happy about dogs be­ing at large.

Kyte was given un­con­di­tional bail and will ap­pear on Oc­to­ber 7.

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