Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bulldog Breeder Jailed after Attack

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bulldog Breeder Jailed after Attack

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Byline: Craig Thompson Reporter

ABULLDOG breeder from County Durham who lost an arm after being savaged by his own dogs has been jailed after his animals attacked a 63-year-old man. Stephen Potts, 48, from Low Pittington, had only left hospital a few weeks after losing his arm before the incident with dog walker Lindsay Edwards.

In the first attack, two of Potts' dogs savaged him, after being spooked by a firework, resulting in one being shot by a police marksman and the other put down by a vet.

Durham Crown Court heard his right arm was eventually amputated above the elbow and he only kept his left arm after substantial skin grafts.

Not long afterwards, he took seven of them for a walk with a friend when six of them set upon Mr Edwards and his dog, leaving him with injuries that included a cut to his head that exposed his skull.

Judge Christopher Prince, describing it as "about as bad a case as one can get", said: "You were quite willing to place members of the public at risk of equal or more severe injuries you had suffered yourself just four weeks earlier."

Jailing him for three months and banning him from owning dogs for life, the judge said: "I do not want someone to say if only Judge Prince had sentenced that man to prison, that man whose dog attacked my child might have kept it under control."

Paul Newcombe, prosecuting, said Mr Edwards had been walking his dog Zumo in October along an old railway line when he came across Potts in an adjacent field.

The pack of bulldogs, which were off their leads, began to run towards him so he picked up his dog and wedged his foot against the gate to keep them on the other side of the fence.

But he was bitten through the fence on his calf, and the dogs - named Bessie, Blue, Buster, Frosty, Gypsy and Tara - pushed their way through before they began to attack them both. …

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