Dog breeder who lost an arm in savage attack denies he lost control of animals

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A BULLDOG breeder who lost an arm when his pets turned on him has pleaded not guilty to claims he allowed dogs to be dangerously out of control in a separate incident.

The charges faced by Stephen Potts, 48, relate to each of the seven dogs he and a friend were walking when they allegedly attacked another dog walker, 63-year-old Lindsay Edwards.

This incident at Belmont, Durham, on October 21, came just after Potts was released from hospital, having been savaged himself the month before.

Potts, from Low Pittington, Durham, and friend Patricia Ayre, 66, from Sedgefield, appeared at Durham Crown Court and denied all seven counts of being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog.

The charges related to Potts’s pets Buster, Frosty, Tara, Gypsy, Bessie, Blue and Tammy.

Shaun Dryden, prosecuting, said he understood the defence will claim that it was Mr Edwards’s dog Zoma that was out of control.

A two-day trial was listed for June 16.

Both defendants were granted bail.