Muzzle order on attack Alsatian who turned on walkers

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A PENSIONER has been told to keep his dog under control after it bit two people.

A court heard how Ramesh Choudhury had adopted the abused Alsatian from a rescue centre in Durham.

But it twice turned on people walking past his house in Silksworth, Sunderland.

The 73-year-old pleaded guilty to two charges of not keeping a dog under control.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court the first attack took place on a man walking on a track near Choudhury’s house on November 11.

He lived near the family home in Silksworth Close and said he knew they owned two German shepherd dogs.

The man described the attack in a statement read out to the court, saying: “I became aware of a sharp pain in my left buttock and thought I had pulled something.

“But then I realised that I had been bitten by one of the German Shepherds and it was hanging off my buttock and my jacket was torn.” He described how the enraged dog sunk its teeth into his left arm as he tried to protect himself, before it was dragged away by the owner’s son.

He reported the attack to police and was treated at Grindon walk-in centre for puncture wounds and prescribed two courses of antibiotics.

In a second attack on March 9, the dog lunged at a woman from behind as she walked past the house.

She said: “It pulled me to the ground, causing me to fall backwards. I was on my knees and had to raise my right arm to protect my face.

“It tried to bite my face but grabbed hold of a scarf I was wearing and pulled it off.

“I screamed loudly and Mr Choudhury stepped over me to create a barrier.”

She added: “I am only glad it was me who got hurt and not one of my children. I am concerned that this dog could leave someone seriously injured, or worse.”

Gerry Armstrong, defending, said the dog, called Evie, became distressed after the older dog died.

She was normally not allowed to roam outside the house, but escaped twice after a gate was left open.

The family now kept her muzzled and took her to a behavioural specialist.

Mr Armstrong said: “Bear in mind this dog had gone into a stable and loving environment and then had lost the companionship of the older dog.

“She had been nervous, particularly of people who came near the property.”

The court was also offered references from two postmen who delivered to the estate, saying they had not had any problems with the dog.

Magistrates ordered it must be kept in the rear garden of Choudhury’s home and muzzled and on a lead in public.

He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs.