Owner gets dog ban after vicious attack

A DOG owner has been banned from keeping a dog after her pet viciously attacked two women and a terrier.

Danielle Cowan’s Bull Terrier Bruno tore chunks out of another dog and its owner during the terrifying attack last year.

Cowan, 26, of Ovenden Road, Halifax, pleaded guilty to two counts of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control at Bradford Crown Court.

The first of the complainants was out walking her Jack Russell Terrier on Bracewell Drive, Wheatley, on June 13, 2011.

She noticed Bruno the Bull Terrier about ten yards away - he did not have a collar on and she could not see an owner nearby.

Bruno walked towards her and grabbed the Jack Russell by the neck and pinned it to the floor.

As the woman tried to prise the dogs jaws open she fell on to the floor and Bruno went for her and started biting her right leg.

The court heard that neighbours heard her cries for help found Bruno attacking the woman “in a frenzy”.

They managed to restrain the dog but he escaped and attacked one of the bneighbours who had come to help.

He jumped up and bit her and the court was told she was left with blood pouring down her face.

Bruno managed one last attack on the Jack Russell before Cowan and her boyfriend arrived and took him away.

Victims required treatment for various puncture wounds as well as tetanus injections and courses of antibiotics and painkillers and the Jack Russell required an operation.

Recorder David Bradshaw said: “I am sure this was a very very frightening incident for these two women.

“It is a very serious matter. I have considered if you should go to prison but have decided that is not appropriate.”

He ordered the destruction of the dog and handed Cowan a 12 month community order.

She will also carry out 150 hours unpaid work, pay £278.81 in compensation and was banned from owning a dog for five years.