A dog owner whose pet mauled a young woman, causing serious leg injuries, has been given an eight-month suspended jail sentence.
Michael York, aged 57, had taken his Staffordshire Bull Terrier out for a walk in Dallington Park on September 29 last year when it jumped up at a woman.
Northampton Crown Court heard York, of Merthyr Road, Spencer, Northampton, knew the dog should be wearing a muzzle as it had been aggressive in the past and had bitten a child.
The woman who was attacked by the dog was pulled to the ground and suffered a series of bites to her leg.
Rather than help the woman, York left the scene but was later arrested by police as witnesses took his number plate details.
At Northampton Magistrates’ Court in December he pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.
The dog was put down shortly after the attack.
Reading her victim impact statement out in court, the woman said she suffered extensive bruising and scarring to her legs as a result of the attack and was forced to miss a number of special events including attendance at a Rugby World Cup match.
Recorder Geoffrey Kelly, sentencing, there was nothing he could say or do that could properly reflect the consequences of York’s crime.
He said: “it is clear that this woman suffered very serious injuries.
“It was a momentary lapse in concentration but the defendant knew that the dog should have been muzzled.”
York was sentenced to eight months in jail, suspended for two years. He was also given a four-month curfew from 7pm to 7am. He is disqualified from owning a dog for at least two years.