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West Bridgford man sentenced after dog attacks man outside pub

A man left in charge of a dangerous dog which mauled another man in a pub beer garden has been sentenced.

Police were called after the victim was attacked by an XL Bully-type dog as he walked into the Broad Oak Inn, in Main Street, Strelley.

The dog bit the man’s stomach and then repeatedly bit him on his legs.

The victim fell backwards and while lying on the floor the dog continued to attack him.

He spent a week in hospital and was left with wounds to his legs and torso following the incident, which took place around 5.50pm on 15 July 2023.

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Officers carried out an investigation into the attack and a CCTV media appeal helped to identify Phillip Williams as the person responsible for the animal at the time of the attack.

He had been looking after the dog and holding its lead while the owner was inside the pub.

Williams, aged 55, of Pavilion Road, West Bridgford, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work at Nottingham Crown Court today (22 May).

He has earlier pleaded guilty to being the person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury.

The court also issued a destruction order on the dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Police Constable Natalie Hodges, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“The victim of this attack suffered significant injuries and required hospital treatment for a week. He is still in pain every day and has been unable to return fully to work.

“However, the impact on him emotionally has gone much further than these physical scars. It has affected his mental health, made him anxious about going out and scared of dogs.

“I’d like to thank him for supporting our investigation and prosecution.

“Dogs, especially large, powerful animals like the one in this incident, must be kept under control in public settings so I’m pleased our investigation has seen Williams identified and sentenced by the court.

“I hope this also sends a message to other dog owners about the importance of being in control of their pets at all times.

“We are continuing our extensive efforts to trace the dog. Officers have already made inquiries with its former owner, local vets, council dog wardens, kennels and animal shelters.

“I would still like to hear from anyone with any information about its whereabouts. Please get in touch with us, in confidence, and your information will be acted upon.”

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