Teen girl injured in dog attack

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AN Alfreton teenager was bitten by a dog as it tried to attack the fox terrier pet she was holding, a court heard.

The 17-year-old victim was walking her dog along Willows Avenue when the large, mastiff-type dog ran towards it.

“She picked up her small dog. The other dog was biting towards it and caught this lady on her arm, causing quite an unpleasant injury.

“The dog wasn’t on a lead or contained within the premises where it lived,” Mike Treharne, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.

Then-owner Louise Marshall was interviewed by police and said the dog, named Diesel, had been given to a man who had in turn passed it on to another owner.

“It is a matter of concern that a dog of this kind doesn’t do this again and police are asking for time to find it. It has a propensity to attack other dogs if not people,” said Mr Treharne.

He added that owners sometimes passed dogs on to others to avoid pets receiving a control or destruction order.

Marshall, now living in Furnace Row, Somercotes, admitted being the owner of a dog dangerously out of control last September 22.

The justices adjourned sentence until February 29, saying it was important that the dog was found so efforts could be made to control it.

Marshall told the court Diesel was later handed back to the man she originally gave it to but he was currently in prison.