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Woman who needed 40 stitches after being mauled by dog outside pub says there was ‘blood everywhere’

Dog attack victim Laura Anderson told how there was “blood everywhere” as an out of control dog “wouldn’t stop” biting her in a terrifying ordeal.

The Staffordshire Terrier crossbreed, called Cash, struck outside a pub and repeatedly bit her in a sustained attack, leaving her needing 40 stitches.

Miss Anderson suffered bites to various parts of her body, including an arm, leg, buttock and torso.

The dog’s owner, Paul Dees is now facing a possible prison sentence after he was convicted of being the owner of a dog that caused injury while dangerously out of control in a public place.

Dees, 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 at Newcastle Crown Court.

A charge in relation to an alleged attack by the dog on a second woman was not pursued after she did not attend court for the trial.

Dees was remanded in custody ahead of sentence when the fate of Cash, who is being held by police, will also be decided.

Giving evidence at the trial, Miss Anderson said: “The dog charged at me and got hold of my arm.

“It wouldn’t stop biting me.”

She said people initially managed to get the animal off her but it came back again.

Miss Anderson told the court: “I had flesh off my leg.

“I was ripped under my breast.

“There was blood everywhere.

“I had bite marks on my ear. My arm was the worst.

“At hospital I had surgery and needed 40 stitches.”

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: “The dog bit her, she believes, about six times, causing injuries to various places on her body.

“This wasn’t a short incident, it was sustained.”

The court heard one witness who was present during the attack, which people tried to stop, said Dees was there but “can’t recall him doing anything or try and stop this happening”.

After an initial “four to five minutes” 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: “Miss Anderson was on the floor. The dog came flying back over and started to attack her again.

“Due 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.”

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.

Judge Edward Bindloss told Dees after the guilty verdict: “I am going to adjourn sentence until November 19. I will decide then what happens to you and what happens to the dog.”

Source: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/dog-attack-pub-court-dees-15229269

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