Dog put to sleep af­ter bit­ing man

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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.

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