Out-of-control Alsatian bites woman's bum: Fine for Stoke-on-Trent dog owner after Sandford Hill attack
DOG owner Benedict Saunders has been fined after his German Shepherd bit a woman outside his home.
The brown and black family pet escaped from the house in Hillgreen Road, Sandford Hill, and bit the victim's bottom causing two puncture wounds.
North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the victim had gone to a relative's house in Hillgreen Road when she was attacked.
Geoff Gibson, prosecuting, said: "She had her son with her in the rear of her vehicle.
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"As she bent in the back of her car to get her son out she felt a sharp pain on her right buttock.
"She turned round and saw a dog running away.
"She recognised it as coming from the defendant's house and a young boy came out of the house and said, 'Have you seen my dog?'"
The court heard the victim needed a tetanus injection and antibiotics.
Lorry driver Saunders, aged 43, told police his dog, Li, had got out of the front door. He was not aware it had bitten anybody but if it had he apologised.
He pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog which was dangerously out of control in a public place and caused injury on December 10.
Heather Drew, mitigating, said Saunders was getting ready for work and his sons were getting ready for school when the incident happened at about 8am.
She said: "His wife had left home to go to work and unfortunately left the front door insecure. As a result the dog escaped through the front door.
"The son went out to look for the dog moments after it bit the lady.
"It was an isolated incident.
"Fortunately the lady did not receive serious injury."
Ms Drew conceded it was a very serious incident but added the dog, which is about four years old, has not been involved in any previous incidents and there were no warning signs.
She said Saunders has owned the dog for three years and it is a family dog which has been no trouble at all.
Ms Drew added: "When he takes him out walking he muzzles him in any event."
Magistrates fined Saunders £200 and ordered him to pay £85 costs. Saunders must also pay £100 compensation to the victim.
The magistrates also made an order that the dog be kept under proper control and be muzzled and kept on a lead in a public place.