A DOG breeder whose arm had to be amputated after he was savaged by his own American bulldogs has been bailed after his dogs reportedly attacked two other people.
Forty-eight-year-old Stephen Potts, from Pittington, lost his right arm after being mauled by the dogs in a “vicious and brutal” attack.
He was now been arrested after his dogs allegedly attacked another man and his Staffordshire bull terrier in the Coniston Close area of Belmont, Durham, yesterday afternoon.
Police were called to reports of five American bulldogs attacking a man on fields in an area between Pittington and Belmont known locally as ‘the scrambles’ around 1pm.
Potts was arrested at the scene on suspicion of failing to keep his dogs under proper control. He was questioned at Durham city police station and has now been bailed until late November, pending further enquiries.
The injured man, a 63-year-old from Belmont, was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Durham (UHND) where he remains with serious non-life threatening injuries to his head and leg.
Police believe the incident unfolded when Stephen Potts and a friend, a woman in her late 60s from Sedgefield, were walking his dogs when they began fighting with the victim’s bull terrier.
The owner intervened and was bitten. The woman was also bitten on the leg but did not require hospital treatment.
Initial reports suggested a third person had also been injured but police now say this was not the case.
The Staffordshire bull terrier was seriously injured in the incident and remains in the care of a local vet.
Neighbourhood Chief Inspector for Durham Andy Huddleston said “I can confirm the 48-year-old man owns 14 American bulldogs in total and although only five were involved in this incident, all 14 have been taken to local kennels as a safety precaution.
“This is an ongoing investigation and my officers will be in the local area speaking with people as we work to establish exactly what happened yesterday.”
“After the events of yesterday, clearly questions are being asked about this man’s ability to control his animals and this will form part of our investigation.
“The dogs are legally held, in that they are not categorised as dangerous dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
“However, under new legislation introduced only this week, new options are available including a local authority public space protection order.
“I would like to reassure people that all available options will be considered.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 101.