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Dog attacked in Padiham was 1mm from death
A PADIHAM man has admitted failing to control a pitbull terrier which left another dog walker in hospital.
Daniel Riley, of Kings Drive, was walking a friend’s dog along the town’s Greenway when it attacked Nicholas Lee on May 14.
The victim suffered puncture wounds to his hands, while his own Bedlington terrier required emergency treatment at Burnley’s Oakmount Veterinary Centre.
Riley, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of being in charge of a dog which was dangerously out of control in public at Burnley Magistrates’ Court.
The attack happened at around 8.15pm on May 14 on the old railway line near Lowerhouse Lodge.
Riley was walking two dogs at the time, his own and a Staffordshire cross that belonged to a friend.
Both animals have been put down as a result of the attack.
The case was adjourned for a Newton hearing – to determine the facts of the incident – on September 10 before Riley can be sentenced.
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph after the attack, Mr Lee said he had suffered injuries trying to prise apart the violent dog’s mouth.
He said: “These dogs absolutely ripped my dog apart. He will take a lot of patching back together.
“They sunk their teeth into my dog but I couldn’t get them to budge. It was like something out of a horror film.
“I had him on a lead and wouldn’t let go so we rolled around on the floor, getting chewed to bits.
“They were absolutely out-of-control savages. If I had have let go of the lead they would have killed it.
Vet Sonia Billington said the mauled dog, a five-year-old terrier, survived death by just 1mm after bites missed its jugular vein.
It underwent surgery for a number of large lacerations over its body. It also suffered multiple bite marks and two fractured toes in its right paw.