The Staffie’s owner Suzanne Johnson, 46, put the dog on a lead after arriving at the scene in Tottington, Greater Manchester.
Andrew Cornes has owned the dog for 10 years (Picture: West Mercia Police) Co-defendant Bobby Watts is due to be sentenced for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray for his role in the incident (Picture: West Mercia Police)He added that the default position was that the court make a destruction order ‘unless the court is satisfied the dog does not present a danger to public safety’.
But she initially gave out an incorrect phone number when asked to provide her details, a court heard.Elisha, who suffered scratch injuries to her arms and legs, later had an x-ray which found she had suffered a fractured wrist as she was dragged to the ground.
Basil also suffered injuries and underwent £60 worth of surgery at a vets.
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In a statement, Elisha told police: ‘This incident has left me struggling to sleep and I have been having nightmares.
‘I no longer walk my dog alone and my dad has to come with me, which has taken away my independence.
‘I have not been back to where the incident happened as I am terrified I might see that dog again. Even when I walk to nearby shops, I cross the road if I see a dog I have not come across before.’Johnson, a brewery agent from Tottington, admitted being in charge of dog dangerously out of control and causing injury at Manchester magistrates court, and was ordered to pay Elisha £300 compensation.
Her dog was spared from being put to sleep but will have to be muzzled and kept on a lead in public at all times.
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