Bulldog on doggy death row spared by magistrates after attack in Lytham Square

The placid atmosphere of Lytham’s main square was shattered by a vicious dog fight, a court was told.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 3:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 3:40 pm
Lytham Square, where the attack happened (Picture: Dan Martino)

American bulldog Jensen, three, turned on white labradoodle Molly as she was walked across the square by her owners – savaging her and leaving her owners with £900 of vets bills.

The dog was able to escape a new harness bought by owner Bethany Davis a week before the attack, which happened last May.

During the dog fight, Stephen Ellis, who owns Molly, used his hands to try and prise the bulldog’s jaws open as they clamped down – but was not strong enough.

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Davis, 24, of Knowles Place, Wigan, admitted having a dog which was dangerously out of control when she appeared before Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The magistrates could have ordered the death of the dog – which has been awaiting its fate for almost a year – but instead slapped his owner with an order saying he must be muzzled and on a lead and head collar in public.

Any further incidents will see it put down.

Davis was also told to pay £1,120 in compensation and costs.

Prosecutor Peter Bardsley said Stephen and Janet Ellis, who live locally, were walking Molly on a retractable lead in the afternoon.

Mr Ellis, who was bitten on the hand, said: “I saw a large American bulldog wearing a harness. It growled, lurched forward, and bit Molly’s leg.

“There was a lot of blood. I thought she was going to die.”

Jensen was eventually pulled off Molly and police arrived.

They seized the bulldog and put him in kennels at a cost of £4,567, the court was told.

Defending, Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair said Davis bought the harness on the recommendation of a pet shop owner but it didn’t fit properly.

“These were exceptional circumstances which could not have been foreseen,” she added.

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