December 4 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A dog lover had her Staffordshire bull terrier destroyed after it nearly killed another dog and injured its owner, a court heard.
Sarah Godby, of Coltsfoot Road, Ipswich, admitted allowing a dangerous dog to be out of control in public and cause injury, when she appeared before the town’s magistrates.
The 34-year-old also sustained injuries as she tried to get her dog Shadow off a German Spitz after it had clamped its jaws around the other animal.
Prosecutor Wayne Ablett said the incident occurred at 4.30pm on February 2 as Barbara Radcliffe was walking her dog Woody on a lead near the Belstead Brook Hotel.
Shadow, which was not on a lead, came running over and immediately starting attacking Woody.
Mrs Radcliffe tried to get the Staffordshire bull terrier off her pet but was bitten several times causing cuts to her hands.
Mr Ablett said the attack was “quite ferocious”, with Shadow locking its jaws on to Woody.
Godby also attempted to get Shadow off the stricken Woody.
The court heard Woody was left laying on the ground with cuts all over his body and one of his rear legs was hanging off.
The injuries were so severe the leg had to be stitched back to Woody’s body and he has been left unable to walk properly.
Godby was said to have been very upset by the incident. She had owned Shadow for seven years and the dog had never done anything like that before.
Magistrates were told Godby thought Woody had died as a result of the attack as it was left laying prone in the road.
As a result Godby took Shadow to the vets where the dog was put down as she did not want to risk the same thing happening again.
The vet’s bills for Woody’s treatment came to more than £2,000. Mrs Radcliffe was insured but had paid out £280 for the policy excess and other expenses.
Kevin McCarthy, mitigating, said: “This impact has had a major impact upon my client. She was, on the day of the incident, utterly upset and remains so.”
“To her great credit Shadow was destroyed - a dog which had been a family dog for seven years. That took a great deal of courage in my submission.”
Magistrates gave Godby a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay compensation of £280 for Mrs Radcliffe’s insurance excess and a further £220 for her injuries.