The owner of a dangerous dog that attacked both himself and a relative has admitted responsibility in court.
The female relative required plastic surgery and underwent seven operations after sustaining serious injuries in the attack at a property in Stoneycroft Road, Basford.
Ryan Burrell – who also suffered bite marks during the incident – appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 17 February and pleaded guilty to being the owner of a dangerously out of control dog.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was seized following the incident, on June 17 last year, and destroyed with Burrell’s consent.
The 26-year-old, of Stoneycroft Road, Basford, was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.
Detective Constable Matthew Dickinson, who investigated the incident, said: “This was an horrific incident culminating in some life-changing injuries.
“I hope this conviction sends a message to dog owners to be responsible, and to ensure proper control of their animal at all times, whether it is in their personal control or that of another.”
Every dog owner has a legal responsibility to keep their dog/s under proper control. It is a criminal offence for the owner of a dog or the person in control of the dog at the time, allow it to be dangerously out of control either in public or on private property.
By law, a dog is dangerously out of control if it causes a person to fear being harmed by the dog, even if harm or injury is not actually caused. Where injury does occur then it is an automatic aggravated offence and on conviction is open to a higher sentence by the court.