The owner of a dog which left a woman needing 40 stitches has been locked up – while the animal which “wouldn’t stop” biting her must be destroyed.
Staffordshire Terrier crossbreed Cash struck outside a pub, repeatedly biting Laura Anderson in a terrifying attack.
Miss Anderson described how there was “blood everywhere” as she suffered bite marks to areas including her arm, leg, buttock and torso.
Paul Dees was found guilty of being the owner of a dog that caused injury while dangerously out of control in a public place, after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
As he was jailed for two years, Miss Anderson said she “still thinks about it all the time”, has “horrendous” scars and said het self-confidence has been destroyed.
She added in a victim impact statement: “Since the incident I am terrified of dogs.
“The image of a dog going for my face is a constant image, one I don’t think will ever go away.”
Dees, 48, of Glendale, Washington, had denied the charge on the grounds he had left the animal at a nearby house and it escaped, but he was found guilty by a jury.
Giving evidence at the trial, Miss Anderson said: âThe dog charged at me and got hold of my arm.
âIt wouldnât stop biting me.â
She said people initially managed to get the animal off her but it came back again.
Miss Anderson told the court: âI had flesh off my leg.
âI was ripped under my breast.
âThere was blood everywhere.
âI had bite marks on my ear. My arm was the worst.
âAt hospital I had surgery and needed 40 stitches.â
Miss Anderson claimed Cash had also attacked two smaller dogs not long before mauling her.
Prosecutor Jessica Slaughter told the court Miss Anderson had been involved in an altercation with another female outside the Shoulder of Mutton pub, in Houghton-le-Spring , when the animal attacked last June.
Miss Slaughter said: âThe dog bit her, she believes, about six times, causing injuries to various places on her body.
âThis wasnât a short incident, it was sustained.â
The court heard one witness who was present during the attack, which people tried to stop, said Dees was there but âcanât recall him doing anything or try and stop this happeningâ.
After an initial âfour to five minutesâ attack, the court heard the dog appeared to calm down and ran to Dees, while shocked witnesses tried to help Miss Anderson.
But Miss Slaughter added: âMiss Anderson was on the floor. The dog came flying back over and started to attack her again.
âDue to the assistance other people were able to provide Miss Anderson with, she was eventually able to get away and was carried to her home.â
The court heard Miss Anderson was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital after the attack.
She had initially believed the dog would have been dealt with by the authorities but contacted the police when she saw Dees with the animal in the street not long afterwards.
Penny Hall, defending, said Dees is trying to use his time in custody constructively.
Miss Hall said kennel staff have reported “no issues” with the animal since it has been in control of the police.
She added: “The dog has been handled by kennel employees and a vet and there has been no problems.”