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Dog owner in court after woman hurt.

AN Alsatian dog allegedly launched a vicious attack on a woman while its owner was showering in the next room.

Marshall Ayre, 63, appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court yesterday accused of possessing a dog "dangerously out of control".

Ayre, of Carlin How, sat silently behind defence solicitor Brett Wildridge as the charge was read out.

His Alsatian dog, Simba, allegedly attacked Brenda Pearson at his house on Front Street, Carlin How, on April 20 this year.

Rachel Dodsworth, prosecuting, said: "There has been a suggestion by the defendant's ex-girlfriend that the victim in this case went round to the defendant's house to fix her glasses.

"Guests in the living room told her he was in the shower.

"They advised the victim to wait in the bedroom while he was in the shower.

"Simba then bit her to the head causing a puncture wound."

The prosecution alleged that the dog "has attacked before".

Ayre denied the charge, and the case was adjourned until a trial on September 22.

Addressing Mr Ayre, presiding magistrate Joanne Driffill, said: "It is your opportunity to give your side of the story.

"If you are absent the trial will go ahead without you."

Ayre has been released on unconditional bail.

Marshall Ayre from Carlin How

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 16, 2016
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