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Dog owner jailed over attacks

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The owner of three pitbull terriers has been jailed after he stood by and watched his dogs savage a woman in Harehills Park, Leeds.  Jane Chippendale had been walking her dog Maxy, an Ihasa apso, when the attack happened.  She picked her dog up to protect him from the three pitbulls, but they dragged her to the ground and attacked her.  The dogs returned to their owner when two men in the park fought them off by kicking and punching them.

Ms Chippendale said that she has been scarred, both physically and psychologically, from the attack.  The mum-of-three has been left with scarring to her arms and fingers, and nerve damage which has left her unable to work since July of last year.  She said that she is now too frightened to walk her dog, or even walk down the street.

“They don’t bite”

She said: “I thought I was going to die and this man just stood by and watched … I don’t think I will ever get over what happened to me.”  It was heard in court that Ms Chippendale had shouted at the dog owner, Philip Thomas, to put his dogs on leads, but that he responded with: “They don’t bite – what’s up with you”.

Philip Thomas has been jailed for 12 months after it was heard that he stood and watched the attack “without care” as Mrs Chippendale screamed for her life.  It was also heard that the dogs had attempted to attack other dogs in the park, including a black Labrador, before they attacked Ms Chippendale and her Ihasa apso.

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