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Barton dog attack: Christopher Smith jailed

A man dogs attacked three people in the street, leaving a victim needing skin grafts and plastic surgery, has been jailed.

Christopher Smith, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of owning a dog dangerously out of control, causing injury to a person in a public place.

Smith, of Aldbarton Drive, Barton, was sent to prison for four months by a judge at Oxford Crown Court.

PC Kelly Gladstone called it a "particularly vicious attack".

The victims were still recovering from the injuries they suffered on the morning of 15 December, she said.

The rampage took place after Smith let his two dogs out onto the street without collars, where three neighbours were attacked.

'Two operations'

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said they required "urgent hospital treatment" following the attacks by the "bull-type" crossbreed dogs.

"One of the victims was in hospital for seven days, where they had two operations, including skin grafts and plastic surgery," he added.

PC Gladstone commended the victims for their "support and strength".

She said: "Our priority has been to make sure that these dogs never hurt anyone ever again and that Christopher Smith is not in a position where he will ever have another dog. This has been achieved."

Both dogs are set to be destroyed.

Smith was also sentenced to 14 days in jail for possession of cannabis.

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