Bulldog breeder who was attacked by his own dogs admits owning out-of-control pack

Stephen Potts changed his plea and admitted six counts of being in charge of dangerously out-of-control dogs in a public place.
Stephen Potts changed his plea and admitted six counts of being in charge of dangerously out-of-control dogs in a public place.
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A dog breeder who lost his arm after being savaged by his own animals has admitted new charges relating to an attack by his dog on a 63-year-old man.

Stephen Potts, who had left hospital a few weeks before the attack took place, had denied seven counts of owning dangerously out-of-control dogs after they set upon dog walker Lindsay Edwards.

However, on the second day of his trial at Durham Crown Court, the charges were amended and he pleaded guilty to six counts of being in charge of dogs dangerously out-of-control in a public place.

The 48-year-old, from Low Pittington, Durham, will be sentenced next month.

The court had heard how the dogs had attacked Mr Edwards in October and ripped his dog from his arms, setting upon the animal like “a pack of hounds”.

Patricia Ayre, 66, from Sedgefield, had stood co-accused on the original indictment, but walked free after her charges were dropped.

Potts will be sentenced on July 24.