A man has been given a suspended jail sentence after admitting keeping a pit bull terrier which bit a 39-year-old woman.
Sebastian Jolley, 23, from Ridley Street, Kettering, was summonsed to court for owning a prohibited dog and for his dog being out of control in a public place.
Police officers were called to reports of a dog biting a 39-year-old woman on Friday, March 1, in Neale Avenue, Kettering, causing substantial injury to her hand.
Jolley pleaded guilty to two Dangerous Dogs Act offences at Kettering Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, May 22.
He was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, a 12-month supervision order, ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation and banned from keeping dogs for 10 years. The court also ordered that the dog be destroyed.
PC Andy Hoyle, rural crime officer trained in dog legislation, said: “The dog was assessed as a pit bull terrier-type dog which is one of four prohibited breeds. They have been made illegal for a reason – to keep the public safe and protect human life.
“This was a terrifying experience for the lady involved and thankfully we have been able to secure a prosecution against the owner and have the dog destroyed.
“People need to think twice before keeping this type of animal – if you own a prohibited breed you could end up being ordered to have your dog put down. These dogs can become aggressive very quickly and for no apparent reason, potentially causing serious injury or even death.”