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Dog left tooth in PC's hand in Burnley attack
A WOMAN whose dog attacked a police officer already had a ‘dangerous dog’ conviction, a court heard.
Sandra Wardle’s Staffordshire bull terrier, Kitso, left PC Ruth Syers with one of its teeth embedded in her hand after a horror attack, in Rylands Street, Burnley, last May.
Burnley Crown Court heard that Wardle, 58, who was said to have drink problems, had a similar conviction, for having a dog danger-ously out of control, last year.
Bailing her yesterday for pre-sentence reports, Recorder Andrew Thomas QC said: “This is a worrying matter because this is the second conviction within the space of a year for being in possession of a dog which is out of control.”
Wardle, of Burnley Road, Brierfield, who admitted the latest dangerous dog offence, must report to Nelson Police Station twice a week before she is sen-tenced on October 23.
Martin Hackett, defending, said his client could not recall whether the same dog was involved in the May incident and in relation to the conviction last year.
Defence solicitors will apply for a behavioural report to be compiled on ‘Kitso’ by experts at an animal clinic in Chorley.
The sentencing judge must determine whether the dog should be destroyed as a result of the injury caused. PC Syers attended a house in Rylands Street with two colleagues, following reports of a disturbance, when the attack occurred.
Later, she told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I will never forget the moment it came for me. It was absolutely horrific.
“I have dogs myself, but this was terrifying.”
PC Syers was kept in Royal Preston Hospital for two nights.
Wardle was later fined by magistrates for being drunk and disorderly at the house.