North West Wales

Bull Terriers attacked woman and puppy in Barmouth park

Two Staffordshire Bull Terriers savaged a puppy in a Gwynedd park and attacked a woman who intervened to help.

Dolgellau magistrates heard it left the pup needing £2,000 in treatment, and the woman needing hospital treatment.

Gail Swaine, 43, of Barmouth, admitted being in charge of the out-of-control dogs, Betty and Luna, and received a conditional discharge.

Magistrates said the dogs must be muzzled and kept on a lead in public, or they could be put down.

The court heard both dogs were running loose at the Wern Mynach playing fields in Barmouth in August.

They attacked a Labrador pup, which needed £2,000 of treatment at a vet's.

They also attacked teacher Sarah Evans when she intervened, leaving her needing hospital treatment for wounds to her hand, arm and neck.

One of the dogs has since been returned to its breeder.

Swaine was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 compensation to Ms Evans.

Court chairman Dorothy Hughes said: "We accept that this was an isolated incident but Betty and Luna must be muzzled and kept on leads at all times, including the beach, and they are put on an interim destruction order."