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Dog to be destroyed after attack

A judge has said a dog should be destroyed after it attacked a woman, leaving her with serious hand injuries.

Tina Roberts was walking her dog in Bagillt, Flintshire, when Bruno, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, bit into her left hand.

William Davies, 21, from Wirral, Merseyside told Mold Crown Court he was looking after Bruno for his cousin.

He admitted being in control of a dangerous dog and received a suspended prison sentence.

Bruno escaped from his garden and made two attacks on Ms Roberts's dog, in May 2008, the court heard.

Prosecuting barrister Simon Medland said that in the second attack Bruno grabbed Ms Roberts's dog and shook it from one side to another as she punched and slapped him.

Davies, a labourer and plasterer for a contracts company, also tried to pull Bruno away.

But Bruno then bit Ms Roberts's left hand, causing wounds to her wrist, thumb and three fingers.

"She tried to open the dog's mouth using her other hand to try and prise it open but it had no effect," said Mr Medland.

Ms Roberts was taken to hospital in Holywell and then transferred to Glan Clwyd Hospital at Bodelwyddan.

'Remained a danger'

Judge John Rogers said he passed the order to destroy Bruno because he remained a danger.

Mr Rogers also ordered Davies to pay £400 towards prosecution costs and to remain indoors for a month, between 2200 and 0700 BST, under a curfew order.

Paul Wood, defending, said that Davies had no objection to the destruction order.

He added that Davies did everything he could by removing Bruno after the first attack, but the dog scratched him with his claws and escaped a second time.

After the attack, added Mr Wood, Davies pulled the dog away and stayed with the victim until the ambulance arrived.

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