Durham dog owner charged after attack

NEAR SCENE: Coniston Close in Belmont, close to The Scrambles, where  the dog attack happened.

NEAR SCENE: Coniston Close in Belmont, close to The Scrambles, where the dog attack happened.

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A MAN is due to appear before court after his pets allegedly left a man seriously injured and his dog fighting for its life.

Stephen Potts, 48, from Low Pittington, has been bailed to appear before magistrates at Peterlee on Thursday, November 27, to face the allegation of owning dangerously out of control dogs.

At around 1pm on Tuesday, police were called to reports of dogs attacking a man on fields in an area between Pittington and Belmont known locally as The Scrambles.

Five American Bulldogs were quickly secured and taken to kennels, where they remain, with nine other dogs also owned by Mr Potts were also taken to kennels where they continue to be cared for.

Durham Constabulary has said a decision has yet to be taken as to the future of the animals.

The injured man, a 63-year-old from Belmont, was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Durham with serious non-life threatening injuries to his head and leg.

He has since been discharged and is now recovering at home after undergoing surgery.

The man’s Staffordshire bull terrier, which was injured in the disturbance, was taken to the vets for treatment and is now recovering at home.

A woman in her late 60s was also hurt, but did not seek hospital treatment.