A DOG walker has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds after a bulldog left a small dog needing surgery and her owner in hospital.
Edward Cornish had been walking his partner’s bulldog Coby when the “frightening” attack took place.
After spotting a Corgie Jack Russell mix named Rosie, Coby broke free and ran across to her.
He sunk his teeth into the side of her stomach, biting her close to her tail, despite the efforts of both Cornish and Rosie’s owner, James Howard, to stop him.
Mr Howard was left with scratches to his hands and cheek as a result of the attack in Pointout Road, Southampton.
He went to Southampton General Hospital where he was given antibiotics and was bandaged up.
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Rosie has since had two surgeries but Mr Howard said she’s â€śnot the sameâ€ť.
In a victim personal statement read in court, Mr Howard said the attack has had a â€śhuge knock-on effectâ€ť on both him and his partner adding that Rosie is â€śmore than just a petâ€ť.
Prosecuting, Oliver Capildeo told the court how Mr Howard left the scene of the attack but later came back to find Cornish and his partner trying to get a muzzle on Coby.
He added that throughout the incident, Cornish, of Pointout Road, had been shouting that he was sorry whilst attempting to regain control.
Appearing in court, the 36-year-old pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog that was dangerously out of control.
An assessment on Coby found he was not an aggressive dog, the court heard.
Mitigating, Tim Akers said the incident happened at the time of Storm Eunice when, due to high winds, Coby had not been able to use the garden.
Cornish, who works as a chef aboard HMS Mersey for the Royal Navy, had offered to walk him and had â€śno knowledge of Coby being violentâ€ť.
He said: â€śIt is clear that Mr Cornish accepts full responsibility for the offence.
â€śIf he was to receive a sentence of imprisonment today he would be discharged from the Royal Navy.â€ť
Judge Brian Forster KC said it was a â€śfrightening incidentâ€ť that â€śno one would have liked to go throughâ€ť.
â€śThe dog needs to be under proper control. It is fortunate that the injury was not worse.â€ť
Appearing at Southampton Crown Court, Cornish was ordered to pay a fine of ÂŁ1,000 as well as compensation of ÂŁ1,000 to cover Mr Howardâ€™s injuries and a further ÂŁ800 for vet bills.
He must also pay ÂŁ400 in prosecution costs and a surcharge of ÂŁ100.
If the fine isnâ€™t paid, he will have to serve 28 days in prison.
A contingent destruction order was also imposed, meaning Coby must be kept under proper control around visitors.
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