Dog walker left with ‘horrific’ injuries after street dog attack

A man almost lost his thumb after being attacked on the street by a Staffordshire bull terrier.

Kevin Summers was knocked off his feet when the dog called Reggie ‘ran full pelt’ at him and began fighting with his own ‘Staffie’ dog.

The dog launched into the frenzied attack while being walked by Marjorie Carry who was looking after the dog for next-door neighbour Carol Tinning.

The women, both of Wayland Road, Gorton, were handed a six-month jail term suspended for a year after being found guilty of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.

But District Judge David Clarke held back from ordering the Staffordshire cross breed Reggie to be destroyed.

Mr Summers was left needing emergency surgery at Wythenshawe Hospital and is now waiting for operations on his thumb.

He said: “The dog walker was so irresponsible with that dog because she knew of its tendencies. She should never have let it off the lead. There has been a marked increase in the number of dogs round here and some dogs are out of control.”

Speaking after their sentencing hearing, Carry and Tinning both expressed regret over Mr Summers’ injuries but blamed each other for the attack.

Carry has also been banned from having custody of an animal for 10 years, given a 10pm-6am curfew and ordered to pay £500 compensation.

The 51-year-old, who is unemployed, told the M.E.N: “I feel sorry for the man but I’ve been severely punished for doing what the owner asked me to do. It was her dog out of control.

“The man was protecting his dog, his thumb must have got in the middle.”

Judge Clarke imposed further conditions which included having the dog castrated and micro-chipped and to take out third party insurance.

He said: “I am satisfied the dog will not be a danger if these conditions are adhered to.”

Claims involving dog attacks

In general, the majority of dog owners are highly responsible and do their utmost to ensure that their pets are not in danger of causing harm to others. Although dogs on the whole are usually safe, there are some instances where this is not the case and in fact can become dangerous, meaning that your health can be put in danger as a result. If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer from a dog attack then you will realise how painful and traumatic this can be, as you could be left requiring medical treatment which can be both costly and time-consuming.

If you have been left in this position then you shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences in silence, which is why making a claim for compensation could be in your best interests. However, it is important that you are able to prove the injury is a result of someone else’s negligence, otherwise you will find that your chances of success in court will diminish.

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