A judge has ordered that a dog that escaped through a gate and bit another dog must be destroyed.
A hearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard that the cross breed dog, Mitzy, ran across the road and attacked the other dog by biting it and not letting go, leaving its owner with a vet bill of £598.
The incident happened in November last year. Owner Ryan Chapman, 25, of Stratford Street, gave the dog away following the incident.
Gillian Foxcroft, prosecuting, said: “Lorraine Wildgoose went out on the street to take her dog Benji for a walk. When she opened her front door and was locking it she heard a shout and saw a white dog running over the street. It bit her dog on the face and refused to let go.
“A neighbour tried to use a hammer handle to try and prise the dogs jaws open and eventually forced it to let go.”
The woman was left with a dog bite to her hand that needed treatment.
Following the attack tests were carried out to ascertain whether the dog was a banned pit-bull breed but it was confirmed that it wasn’t.
The court heard that Mr Chapman was a responsible dog owner and this was the first time the dog had attacked another dog in the four and a half years he had owned her. It was not a deliberate incident and he had been let down by someone leaving the gates open.
Judge Jonathan Taaffe handed Chapman a two year conditional discharge. He had pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog that was dangerously out of control. He will also pay £650 compensation.
He said: “It was a sustained attack were the dog locked its jaws on to a dog where you had to use a hammer to try and prise the dog away. I cannot be satisfied that the dog would not constitute a public danger.
“I would be failing in my public duty if I didn’t make a destruction order.”