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Attack dog must be destroyed - court.

AN ALSATIAN dog named Rocky who bit a jogger called Ricky four times must be destroyed, a court has ordered.

Ricky Morgan was attacked when he was out running in Usk Way, Newport, in August, and was pulled to the ground.

Prosecutor James Evans told Cardiff Crown Court: "The dog sank its teeth into his forearm, pulling him down, then released its grip and bit him to the right leg as he lay there.

"As he tried to get up he was bitten on the shoulder and after he got to his feet he was attacked for a fourth time, to his hip.

"The owner then arrived and put it on a lead but it continued to snarl at him.

"He went to hospital with his bleeding injuries, where his wounds were dressed and butterfly stitches applied."

Magistrates later ordered that Rocky, who was out without a lead that day with another Alsatian called Rudi, should be destroyed.

They also fined the owner of both dogs, shop assistant Samantha Scarpato, 27, of Potter Street, Newport, PS230, and ordered her to pay Mr Morgan PS500 compensation.

She pleaded guilty to having a dog dangerously out of control but appealed to Cardiff Crown Court against the destruction order.

She offered to keep Rocky on a collar and lead and muzzled every time he left home, but her appeal was dismissed by a judge sitting with two lay magistrates.

In their ruling, Judge Neil Bidder QC said: "We have not been satis-fied the dog would not constitute a danger."

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 18, 2015
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