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Dog ban for owner after Willenhall pit bull attack

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The owner of a pit bull, which knocked a dog walker to the ground and injured his pet in a savage attack, has been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

The pit bull, named Tyson, escaped from a garden in Treetops Drive, Willenhall, and attacked the spaniel which was being walked by Anthony Hutchinson, Walsall Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

Ben Barker admitted being the owner of a fighting dog and a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.

Mrs Aliya Rashid, prosecuting, said: "It grabbed the spaniel by the ear and neck, swung the dog around and knocked Mr Hutchinson off his feet."

The court heard that 20-year-old Barkertried to prise open the jaws of the pit bull.

The spaniel had to be treated by a vet and

bills amounted to around £350.

Miss Sarb Sehmi, mitigating for Barker, of Longwood Rise, Willenhall,

said he had been given the dogin a pub. She said: "He didn't realise it was a pit bull. Had he known, he wouldn't have taken responsibility for the dog."

Judge Michael Morris

sentenced Barker to16-weeks in a young offenders' institution, suspended for 12 months. Barker was also ordered to carry out 160 hours' unpaid work and pay £500 compensation. A destruction order was made for the pit bull and Barker was banned from owning a dog for 10 years.

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