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Woman was bitten by dog

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A woman was grabbed by the arm and dragged to the floor by a pit bull type dog as she walked to work.

Blackburn magistrates heard the dog was on a lead but was able to lunge at the woman without warning on a street in Longridge, near Preston, at 8am one morning as its owner talked to a friend in a van.

The victim, Denise Eastham, received medical attention for puncture wounds to her arm.

Anthony Joseph Stirzaker, 22, of Jeffrey Avenue, Longridge, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog which was dangerously out of control and was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation.

A contingent destruction order was made on the dog which means as long as it is kept registered with the police and muzzled when in public it will not be destroyed.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said Denise Eastham had parked her car in Longridge town centre and was approaching the junction of Church Street and Berry Lane.

She told police she didn’t really like dogs so deliberately tried keep as far away from the animal as possible.

Miss Allan said: “The attack came as a total shock because the dog wasn’t growling or baring its teeth.

“It grabbed her by the arm, pulling her to the floor and as it did so she banged her head on the van.”

Miss Allan said Stirzaker immediately apologised.

The van driver took her to a medical centre where she received an anti-tetanus jab.

She added: “Since this incident the dog has been given to another man who says he has had no problems with it.

“He says it is well behaved and has no aggressive tendencies.”

Michael Blacklidge, defending, said Stirzaker never had any problems with the dog previously.

 

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