Dog attack at football match

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A 33-year-old woman was ordered to pay more than £600 in compensation and handed community and dog control orders after pleading guilty to allowing her dogs to be out of control. .

Calderdale Magistrates Court heard how a pair of dogs owned by Louise Kent of Wood Croft, Sowerby Bridge, escaped from her garden and attacked a dog and a woman.

Prosecutor Stephen Rushton told the court that Kent’s dogs - a Bull Mastiff called Marley and an Alsation-cross called Axel - made their way onto playing fields at Ryburn Valley High School on March 23.

Mr Rushton said the two dogs attacked a Patterdale Terrier, biting its legs and tail.

He said Axel then bit and held onto a woman’s arm above the left elbow, leaving a four-inch wound requiring stitches and nine medical appointments.

He said: “Both dogs had jumped up repeatedly and were hanging on for between 30 seconds and a minute.”

He told the court that Kent was remorseful during her police interview and pleaded guilty to the aggravated dog attack at her first court hearing.

Defense counsel Richard Brown told the court: “It’s clear from the report that she loves her dogs and cares for them.

“Generally speaking, she is a responsible dog owner - it is just a dreadfully unfortunate incident.

“My client had no way of knowing her dogs could act or react in the way they did because there was nothing to suggest that the dogs had been anything but friendly loving dogs.”

Chair of Magistrates Sue Storr sentenced Kent to a 12-month community order with 30 days activity and was ordered to pay a total £637.22 compensation and £60 victim surcharge.

Marley was placed under a dog control order and Axel was placed under a contingent dog destruction order - meaning that the dog will be destroyed if not kept under close supervision.