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Out of control dog bit man in the face

PUBLISHED: 16:10 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:17 16 June 2011

A WOMAN landed in court after her out of control dog bit a man in the face, leaving his nose hanging off his face. The attack happened shortly after the victim got on a westbound District Line train at Dagenham Heathway on December 8. In the same ca

A WOMAN landed in court after her 'out of control' dog bit a man in the face, leaving his nose 'hanging off his face.'

The attack happened shortly after the victim got on a westbound District Line train at Dagenham Heathway on December 8.

In the same carriage was defendant, Jamie Watts, of Robinson Road, Dagenham, together with her partner, baby daughter, and two dogs.

While the train was moving one of the dogs, which was on a leash, walked up to the victim. The man began stroking him, but as he lent down the dog jumped up and bit him.

Barking Court heard last week that the victim's nose was said to be 'hanging off his face' after the attack.

The injured man, Watts and her family all got off at Becontree Station, and an ambulance was called.

The victim was rushed to hospital and Watts was arrested and taken to West Ham Police Station.

The 22-year-old told officers the dog had never been violent before.

At court Watts pleaded guilty to being the owner of a dog which was dangerously out of control in a public place.

Her defence lawyer said although his client disputed owning an 'out of control dog' she entered a guilty plea because she felt she should have kept a closer eye on her pet.

At the time of the mauling, Watts' attention was on her daughter and her other dog, which had just escaped its leash.

Sentencing was postponed until February 11, when a probationary report will have been compiled.

The chairwoman of the bench said she was considering a medium community penalty order.

A hearing will also take place to decide whether the animal should be destroyed.


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