A 29-year-old man from Northampton has pleaded guilty to being in charge of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross that seriously injured another dog and left puncture wounds in the owner’s hand.
Aaron Evans, of Friars Crescent, Far Cotton, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday) after an incident on March 28 involving his Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross American bulldog.
The court heard Evans’s dog was tied up in the back garden when it jumped over the fence as another dog walked by with its owner.
The dog suffered serious injuries to its neck after the Staffy clamped its jaws into its body.
Vicki Walker, prosecuting, said the owner also suffered a hand injury after he tried to separate the two dogs. The wound did not require stitches but the man did attend accident and emergency.
The court heard the vet bills to treat the injured dog cost £150.
Evans, representing himself, said his dog had never attacked anybody before and was just “playful” with other dogs. Mr Evans said he no longer looked after the dog and had handed her over to another owner.
Evans was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge. He must pay the victim £300 compensation, victim surcharge of £20 and court costs of £85.
He was also banned from owning any dog for a period of 18 months.