Rampaging dogs savage and bite off part of man’s ear – with owner facing jail

A man has been left permanently disfigured after he was savagely attacked by a rampaging pack of American bullmastiff dogs.

The victim had part of his ear torn off, needed stitches to his thigh, lost a lot a blood and had to stay in hospital for three days while he underwent surgery following the brutal attack.

The owner of the dogs is now facing jail after the four bullmastiff dogs escaped a back garden before launching the savage attack in Wallsend, North Tyneside, on December 27 last year.

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A court heard how Michelle King was visiting Wallsend from Scotland when her two American Bullmastiffs, Ghost and Bonnie, and two other animals of the same breed, escaped from a backyard.

The animals then pounced on a couple who were walking down the street and left one of them with serious injuries.

King, of Cameron Park, in Fife, appeared over the phone at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court to plead guilty to two counts of being the owner of a dog that was dangerously out of control and causing injury.

It is understood a man, the alleged owner of the other two dogs, is also going through the court process.

Niamh Reading, prosecuting, said the victim and his partner were walking along Blackhill Avenue on December 27 last year when they were approached by four dogs who dragged them to the ground and attacked them.

Miss Reading said: "It's the Crown's case that the dogs were permitted to roam freely. The defendant says that the fence in the yard was insufficient to keep the dogs in and planning permission had been refused to build a higher fence.

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"One complainant suffered a scratch to the ankle, the other suffered bites to his ear, partial loss of the ear, an injury to his thigh, an injury to his little finger and significant blood loss. He was taken to the RVI and admitted for three days for treatment."

The court heard that it is not known which of the four dogs caused what injuries.

Mark Harrison, defending, said: "The defendant was staying with a friend over Christmas. She was preparing food and admits that she became distracted. She acknowledges that two of the dogs were hers and under her control."

Magistrates deemed the case too serious for the magistrates' court and released King on unconditional bail to next appear at Newcastle Crown Court for sentence on August 8.

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