Posties finger gushed with blood as savage dog chomped down to the bone

A dog has avoided destruction after attacking and biting a postman's finger down to the bone.

The Staffordshire Bull terrier/Shar Pei cross called Roxy escaped from her Bucknall home and attacked the postie who was walking on the street, StokeonTrentLive reports.

Dog owner, Sharon Smikle, has been handed a £400 compensation order by magistrates and given a Proper Control Order which means she has to keep her pet muzzled and on a lead in public.

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the victim was gushing with blood and was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery on the tendon.

The victim was working in Slapton Close, Bucknall, on February 12 when he became aware of a sharp stabbing pain in his right hand.

Prosecutor Angela Trafford said that when he pulled his hand away he realised it was a dog which had taken hold of his hand.

She said the dog let go of the hand and went for his leg, so shielded himself with his bag.

"The dog was snarling and looked like it wanted to bite him again," she said

"The dog was aggressive.

"When he looked down he noticed his hand was gushing with blood and he had to use part of his uniform to tie it around his fingers.

"A woman (the defendant) came out and shouted the dog back in the house.

"The defendant went back out to the postman to check he was ok."

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In a victim statement, the postman said he was in hospital for two days as the bite had gone to the bone and he had to have surgery on the tendon.

He added that since the attack his apprehensive around dogs has affected his ability to do his job.

In her police interview the defendant said Roxy has separation anxiety and one of the triggers is shoes.

She had gone into a different room to put on her shoes but a child had opened the door and let the dog out.

She shouted the dog in and noticed the postman had an injury to his hand, then tried to get a bandage to help him.

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The court heard Roxy has been assessed by a police dog expert who found the defendant is a responsible dog owner who has Roxy on a lead and ensures she wears a muzzle in public.

The defendant has also bought a new letterbox to ensure postmen do not have to approach the front door, as well as a taller fence, more secure gate, and a stairgate fitted at the front door to prevent Roxy getting out.

Smikle, of Slapton Close, Eaton Park, pleaded guilty to being the owner of a dog which caused injury when dangerously out of control.

Magistrates described it as a 'very unfortunate incident' and said that Roxy had to be kept under control and when in a public space must be muzzled and held securely on a lead by a person aged 18 or over.

Failure to comply could see the dog seized and destroyed.

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