Disabled man’s dog bit walker

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A WOMAN being attacked by a dog almost had to climb into the disabled owner’s mobility scooter so he could control the animal.

Suzanne Speed was walking her dog Forest at Snowden Playing Field, Crowland, when a Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog called Vinnie ran towards them and bit her dog in the head and neck area.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Ms Speed picked up her dog and kept turning her back towards the Staffie so it couldn’t continue the attack on her pet.

All the while the Staffie was clawing at her back.

Vinnie’s owner Graham Epton, who has had both legs amputated, pulled up on his mobility scooter.

Ms Speed had to almost get on to his scooter to be close enough for Epton to take control of Vinnie.

Vinnie bit Ms Speed’s left wrist, but immediately let go without breaking the skin.

Miss Ritson said: “Throughout, the dog owner (Epton) was shouting commands at the dog but it ignored him.”

Epton left without saying anything.

Ms Speed was left with raised red marks on her back, some of which had broken skin.

She then saw Epton again and showed him the marks.

“He apologised, said the dog hadn’t done anything like that before and admitted the dog had gone a little wild,” said Miss Ritson.

Epton (57), of Albion Street, Crowland, admiited allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public area and cause injury.

Spalding magistrates on Thursday made a contingent destruction order, saying Vinnie will be destroyed unless muzzled and on a lead at all times in a public place. Epton must pay £50 compensation to Ms Speed and was fined £75 with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Solicitor Carrie Simpson, mitigating, said Epton was sorry and would be buying a muzzle that day because he didn’t want his dog destroyed.