A dog owner has been told to pay £4,500 by a court after his pet savaged a man and left a tendon hanging out of his arm.
Mark Hamblin, prosecuting, said the dog had “locked on” to the victim’s arm as he walked home past the animal and his owner on a narrow path on November 29 2021.
He shouted in pain as the dog bit him, and later claimed that owner Russell Cassidy-Kojima didn’t try to get the dog off.
When he got his arm free, he saw blood ‘spurting’ from it and a tendon hanging through a hole in his sleeve. The victim also said he had suffered psychological issues since.
Steve Langton, defending, said the 41-year-old owner of Raglan Road, Tintern, was devastated, as the pet had no history of aggression and was used to people and other dogs.
Cassidy-Kojima had helped, he said, using his belt as a tourniquet and calling 999.
Magistrates considered their verdict for over an hour, but said that the dog could be spared.
Cassidy-Kojima admitted having a dangerously out of control dog and was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £2,500.