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Hartlepool canine proprietor jailed French Mastiff attacked girl

A person whose French Mastiff bit the face of a lady visiting his house has been locked up after failing to regulate the canine.

Anthony Armstrong had already been warned about controlling the canine’s behaviour after it injured a ten-year-old lady when it escaped from his Hartlepool home.

The girl was left with blood pouring down her face and left with everlasting scarring following the canine’s assault in November.

A choose at Teesside Crown Court docket dominated that the canine, referred to as Bruce, was ‘past redemption’ after it failed to reply to specialist coaching from a canine behaviour professional and ordered its destruction.

Anthony Armstrong. Image: CLEVELAND POLICE

The injured girl was already afraid of the canine as it could cost on the window each time she referred to as at Armstrong’s home to go to her good friend who lodged with him.

Caroline McGurk, prosecuting, mentioned the canine turned on the lady when she helped the defendant to use some cream for its pores and skin situation.

She mentioned: “The canine growled at her and she or he darted again on her seat on the couch, the canine then attacked her and bit her face. She ran to the kitchen and the canine attacked her once more and caught her on the facet.”

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The courtroom heard how the lady suffered a big harm to her face which required stitches in hospital and now has everlasting scarring.

In a sufferer affect assertion, she mentioned: “I really feel like I don’t belief canine, my daughter lately bought a canine and she or he tells me she has it across the kids.

“I’ve instructed her to eliminate it as a result of I can’t belief canine no extra.”

The courtroom heard how Armstrong had signed a canine behaviour contract six-months earlier than the assault on the lady after it escaped his house and injured the younger lady.

A canine behaviour professional assessed that the canine nonetheless confirmed aggressive to different canine and strangers after seven months in his care. He confirmed that it was his perception that the canine ought to be destroyed for public security.

Armstrong, of Cornwall Road, Hartlepool, had pleaded responsible to being answerable for a French Mastiff that was dangerously uncontrolled. He additionally pleaded responsible to a few breaches of bail circumstances for failing to look at earlier courtroom hearings.

John Nixon, in mitigation, instructed the choose that his shopper had adopted the foundations of the contract up till the canine attacked the lady in his house.

He mentioned “The canine had by no means bit anybody in his house earlier than. It took him unexpectedly.”

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Recorder Thomas Moran instructed the 52-year-old that his failure to regulate his canine in November final yr meant that a right away custodial sentence was inevitable after he made a ‘mendacity account’ of what occurred.

“You knew the canine was temperamental round strangers,” he mentioned.

“The canine, sadly, is clearly past redemption and that is plainly demonstrated by its historical past and from the assertion of the skilled canine handler, who has had custody of the canine for seven months, and regardless of his experience the canine stays aggressive, unpredictable and unimaginable to socialize.”

The choose sentenced Armstrong to twenty months in jail whereas banning him from proudly owning a pet for ten years and ordered that the canine be put down.

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