Couple bitten in street by out of control dog

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A couple were savaged in the street by a dog once owned by a Crufts judge.

A female nursing student was knocked to the ground and bitten on the thigh and backside and a male care support worker suffered a serious bite wound to his elbow.

The owner of the out-of-control German Shepherd, Mark Wint, had inherited the dog from his late mother who had been a judge at the famous dog show, a court was told.

Wint, a 54-year-old car salesman, of Clifford Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to having a dog which was dangerously out of control.

He was sentenced to a two months curfew from 7pm to 7am, told to pay compensation of £300 to the male victim and £150 to the woman and to pay £85 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates who ordered that the dog should be destroyed.

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said the victims had been visiting vulnerable people in the area on June 13 at 2.30pm and were outside an address with a client on Clifford Road.

Wint’s dog ran up and knocked the student nurse to the ground biting her back and thighs. She was screaming and her colleague grabbed the dog round the neck to try and drag it off.

The dog then bit into his elbow, which started bleeding profusely. He was taken to hospital where he needed nine stitches and antibiotics. At the scene Wint had apologised to the couple and told them the dog did not normally behave like that.

Wint had a previous conviction in 2012 for having a dog dangerously out of control.