Staffordshire Bull terriers attack dog walker – Birmingham Mail

A former police photographer has admitted failing to control two dogs after a pensioner was bitten in a “terrifying” attack.

It happened as professional dog walker Jeanette Wilkes exercised the Staffordshire Bull Terriers – one called Bruiser – in a park.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the animals savaged a Jack Russell and one also clamped its jaws around owner June Field’s hand.

The pensioner’s ordeal only ended when a park groundsman repeatedly kicked the dog which attacked her.

Wilkes, 46, of Ambleside, Bartley Green, admitted two charges of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control.

Judge Phillip Parker QC told her: “What happened that day, everybody agrees, was totally unexpected and led to a terrifying incident.”

Wilkes, who used to work as a West Midlands Police forensic photographer, was ordered to pay £1,200 compensation and £535 costs.

Mark Phillips, prosecuting, said Bruiser and the second terrier, called Tye, attacked the Jack Russell, called Sophie, in Metchley Park, Harborne, in March.

“Mrs Field bent down to pick up her dog and, as she did so, one dog fastened on to her hand,” he said.

Mr Phillips said the other Bull Terrier continued to attack the Jack Russell.

Sophie’s injuries included a punctured lung and there were fears she might not survive, he said.

Peter Cooke, defending, said Wilkes was herself hurt as she made a “determined effort” to shield Sophie from the dogs.

“She was horrified by the events that unfolded, a sudden and terrifying departure from the normal behaviour of these two dogs,” he said.

Mr Cooke said Wilkes worked for the police for nine years until she was made redundant and was of exemplary good character.

“It was an error of judgement that had horrible consequences,” he said.

Mr Cooke said she did not intend to continue with her dog walking business.

The judge said another court would decide the fate of the dogs.

via Staffordshire Bull terriers attack dog walker – Birmingham Mail.

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