Breeder in court over bull terrier attack on dog owner

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A ONE-armed dog breeder has appeared in court after his American bull terriers allegedly injured another dog walker.

Stephen Potts was walking seven dogs on the The Scrambles at Belmont, Durham City, when they were alleged to have become involved in a confrontation with a man walking his Staffordshire terrier.

Durham Crown Court heard the incident happened on October 21.

Potts had recently been in hospital to have an arm amputated after he was injured while walking dogs several weeks earlier.

He appeared in the dock jointly charged with family friend Patricia Ayre, who was with him on October 21.

Prosecutor Shaun Dryden said: “Both defendants are alleged to have been in charge of dogs which caused injury while they were dangerously out of control.

“I understand the allegations are to be denied.”

No pleas were taken from Potts, 48, of Coronation Terrace, Low Pittington, or Ayre, 66, of Rosedale Close, Sedgefield.

Judge Robert Adams ordered a plea hearing to be held on February 26, and set a provisional trial date of June 16.

Potts was bailed on condition he keeps out of Belmont, does not contact any prosecution witnesses, and does not keep, control, or breed any dog.

Ayre was released on unconditional bail.