A STAFFORDSHIRE bull terrier that bit a woman will not be destroyed after the intervention of a dog behavioural expert.
Kathryn Brooks was bitten on the hand as she tried to protect her labrador from the out-of-control dog.
Since the attack, Mrs Brooks has been left with nerve damage and it’s not yet known if she will fully recover.
Judge Roger Hetherington described the dog – called Alfie – as having ‘behaved aggressively’, but decided not to have him put down.
Solicitors on behalf of Alfie’s owner, Jocelyn Marriott, ordered a report by a dog behavioural expert who said he was not a danger to the public if kept muzzled.
Judge Hetherington said the dog must wear a Baskerville muzzle – a highly restrictive form of faceguard – in a public place.
He said: ‘I’m satisfied that appropriately muzzled, the dog would not constitute a danger to public safety.’
Judge Hetherington said the victim – who was attacked in Park Gate on April 3 last year – had been left with reduced sensation in her hand.
‘She experiences pain in cold weather and has been left in an anxious condition, according to her statement,’ he added.
The judge also expressed concern that the dog was not already muzzled.
Marriott, 55, of Beacon Way, Park Gate, pleaded guilty to one count of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place. She was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 compensation to cover Mrs Brooks’ vet bill.
Daniel Reilly, defending, said: ‘It was an unfortunate incident with the owners naturally becoming involved to separate one dog from another – acting on instinct – and unfortunately in the middle of all that, the bite occurs.’