10 year ban for dog owner

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A WIGAN dog owner has been hit with a 10-year ban after his vicious pet savaged an Avon lady leaving her with “life-changing injuries.”

Alice Donald needed emergency surgery on her mangled and bleeding right hand after the Japanese Akita bounded out of a house in Kitt Green and attacked her in the street. The dog – called Nuke – has since been destroyed.

Ross Ashcroft, 31, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court this week to a charge of having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place and causing injury.

His sentencing came in the same few days that 11-month-old Ava-Jane Corless was mauled to death by a pit bull terrier called Killer at a house in Blackburn and six-day-old Eliza-Mae John was killed by the family’s husky-type Alaskan malamute Nisha.

Ava-Jayne’s mother and her boyfriend have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter as the national debate about dog safety continues to rage.

Akitas have been involved in several nasty attacks on humans in recent years but they are not on the list of banned dangerous dogs, despite calls in some quarters for them to be added.

The court heard that 56-year-old Ms Donald had been delivering leaflets in Manor Grove, Kitt Green, with her daughter on August 4 last year. She had just passed Ashcroft’s house when the dog tore out of his front door and the front gate, both of which were open, and sank its teeth into her hand.

Holding her in a vice-like grip, the animal shook its head violently from side to side, causing serious damage to Ms Donald’s hands and fingers.

The attack ended when Ashcroft came outside and shouted at the dog which let go and ran back inside. The 22-year-old daughter was badly shaken but not injured.

The victim was taken by ambulance to hospital where she underwent an operation.

The prosecution told the court that Ms Donald had suffered life-changing injuries as a result of the savaging.

Police seized Nuke, which was taken to a holding kennel, and then on August 28 was put down.

A judge handed Ashcroft a 12-month community order involving supervision by the probation service and six months of alcohol treatment. A four-month curfew was imposed preventing him from going out between the hours of 8pm and 6am.

Ashcroft was disqualified from owning a dog for 10 years and ordered to pay £500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.