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Killer dog put on death row; Bruiser ruled 'out of control' after attack on poodle.

Byline: By ELWYN ROBERTS

AMERICAN bulldog Bruiser is on death row.

The family pet savaged and killed a toy poodle named Jaffa.

A court heard 14-year-old Jaffa, who was deaf and almost blind, was out for a Sunday afternoon walk when he was attacked.

The poodle was shaken 'like a rag doll', left covered in blood, and died of his injuries.

Owner Peter Kenneth Woodfin denied Bruiser was dangerously out of control.

But the 31-year-old, of Hillside Avenue, Connah's Quay, failed to turn up for trial yesterday afternoon.

Flintshire magistrates, sitting at Mold, proceeded in his absence and convicted him.

They said they intended making a destruction order in respect of Bruiser.

The court heard Margaret Thomas was walking two dogs in Hillside Avenue, Connah's Quay, one Sunday afternoon last December when Jaffa, her son's toy poodle, was attacked.

Sandra Subacchi, prosecuting, said: 'A powerful, white dog approached, took Jaffa in its mouth, and it was effectively ragging the dog from left to right.

'The dog was killed,' she added. Mrs Thomas, of Barmouth Close, Connah's Quay, said she was making her way to a playing field so the two toy poodles could run in the long grass when Bruiser and a female dog ran up.

'I had just let Jaffa off the lead.

'He was 14. He was blind and deaf,' she said.

'He did not see the dogs coming. 'The male dog was really big and powerful, with big shoulders. Jaffa was just nosing in the grass.

'I was only two or three yards away but I just could not get there in time.

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They headed straight for him. He screamed as the dog's teeth went into him.

'The dog shook him like a rag doll. 'I was frightened the other dog would hold him as well and tear him apart.

Fortunately she didn't.' Mrs Thomas said as she shouted Bruiser dropped Jaffa.

She followed Bruiser back to his home where she spoke to a young woman who called her mother.

The woman came out of the house with a lead.

'I told her I was going to get the police and she said that there was nothing wrong with the dog and added 'do what you want'.'

Accompanied by police, Mrs Thomas went to Woodfin's home five days later.

The officer was not allowed into the house but Mrs Thomas positively identified a large white American bulldog through the window. Woodfin allegedly told police both dogs were off their leads and had a fight.

But he refused to be interviewed. Magistrate John Beard said he was satisfied Bruiser was dangerously out of control at the time.

He said the bench planned to make a destruction order and order the owner to pay pounds 100 costs.

But he agreed Woodfin should be given the opportunity to make representations and the case was adjourned for two weeks

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Bruiser the American bulldog with owners Peter Woodfin and Chelsea Whaley after a court ruled the pet should be destroyed; Picture: VALERIE HACKPIL
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Date:Jul 7, 2005
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