Dog mauled girl in Chesterfield as she tried to protect pet

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A dog owner has been fined and ordered to control her pet after it attacked and bit a brave girl.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, March 4, how Louise Winson’s Staffordshire bull-terrier Diesel got out and attacked the 14-year-old on St Augustine’s Crescent, Chesterfield, as she tried to protect her own dog.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “The girl had been walking a Shitsu with a friend when she saw the Staffy behind as it came running out of a nearby address. She picked up the Shitsu as the Staffy tried to get at her dog and it bit her.”

The girl suffered bruises, scratches and wounds to her left arm, according to Mrs Allsop, with a wound to a hand and bruises, scratches and wounds to her right arm including a total of five bites. She said the girl’s jumper was also ripped.

The court heard Winson came out of her property and put the dog inside and was apologetic to the girl. Winson told police she thought the dog had been in her back garden and the dog had never done anything like this before.

The defendant, of St Augustine’s Crescent, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to owning an out of control dog after the incident in November.

Winson has since erected a pen and the dog does not go out unless supervised and a new lock has been fitted to the gate.

Defence solicitor John Wilford said: “It was an isolated incident and members of Ms Winson’s family said there have been no previous issues with the dog around children and Miss Winson said the only issue has been that the dog has been aggressive with other dogs. She is very remorseful.”

Magistrates fined Winson £110 and ordered her to pay £350 compensation.

They also imposed a control order so the dog must be kept on a lead and must wear a muzzle in public.