Four dogs appeared to be trying to tear apart pet
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.