Dog put to sleep after biting man
A TEENAGER’S new pet escaped and bit a dog walker on the arm – just two hours after she purchased it.
Maddy Fox bought the white Bully Kutta, a large working dog also known as Beast of East, for £300 from an advert posted online.
The animal jumped out of the 18-year-old’s boot after she pulled over at the side of road to let it relieve itself.
She admitted that she didn’t know what breed the dog was and magistrates ordered its destruction after police said they feared it would attack humans again.
Fox admitted owning a dog which caused injury while being dangerously out of control.
The attack happened at Norcross Avenue in Oakes on September 4, Kirklees magistrates were told.
Fox, of Spring Place Gardens, Mirfield, had just picked the dog up from the seller in Birmingham and was on her way home when she stopped to allow it to go to the toilet.
Prosecutor Vanessa Jones said: “Miss Fox opened the boot very carefully.
“Unfortunately, the dog jumped down from the car and ran off.
“She tried to find it but couldn’t and went home. She put a post on Facebook saying that the dog was missing and received a message which said that it was tied up to a lamp-post on Norcross Avenue.”
The person who tied the dog up, Joe Haigh, had been attacked by it as he was out walking his dogs and the dog turned on them, Mrs Jones said.
She told magistrates: “It started attacking the dogs and he tried to stop it. The dog nipped at the skin on his arm and bit quite deeply, causing two bite marks.
“He went for treatment but they couldn’t sew the wounds for fear of infection, so they were left open and bandaged.”
When Fox saw the picture of the Bully Kutta online she decided to buy it, as she felt sorry for it because she thought it looked thin. But Fox told police that she thought that the dog was a Mastiff when she purchased it.
Mrs Jones added: “The officers who dealt with this did feel that if the dog was released back to its owner it would cause serious injury to another animal or person.”
Zafar Iqbal, mitigating, described his client as a responsible owner.
He said: “She didn’t know the full facts, whether the dog had been goaded or in some way provoked to attack the individual. But she doesn’t feel she’d be able to cope with it and, as sad as it is, would have no objection to ordering the destruction of the dog.
“If it may attack other humans or animals then perhaps it is better that the dog is destroyed.”
Magistrates made a destruction order to put the dog to sleep.
Fox was ordered to pay Mr Haigh £500 compensation for his injuries, as well as an £80 fine.