Dangerous dog goes on rampage in Crofton

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A DANGEROUS dog ran amok through Crofton and bit three people.

Prosecutor Diane Gomersall told how two teenage boys and a women were bitten by the German shepherd after it escaped from its owner’s home.

Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard how the dog named Zeb and a Staffordshire bull terrier ran off from owner Sean Clark on Friday, November 19.

Zeb went onto a field near the police driving school and bit a 13-year-old boy on the hip. It then grabbed another teenage boy’s arm and pulled him to the floor. He had to undergo surgery.

Clark, 43, of High Street, Crofton, got his dogs back on the lead but Zeb jumped up at a passing woman and pulled her to the ground by her arm.

Police went to Clark’s home and he tried to hand Zeb over to them. But Zeb had an extremely aggressive nature and tried to bite the police. A dog warden was called and used a rigid pole with a neck loop to control the dog.

The court heard Clark had agreed to sign the dog over to the police. Zeb had since been destroyed.

Clark pleaded guilty to three charges of being the owner of a dog which was dangerously out of control.

Louise Marshall, mitigating, said: “Mr Clark lives alone at a rented property in Crofton. Effectively the dogs were his only companions.”

But the solicitor said Clark had since handed the Staffordshire bull terrier back to its original owner.

Magistrates banned Clark from keeping dogs for five years. He must pay the boy with the worst injuries £200 in compensation. The other victims were each awarded £100.