Dog yob jailed for 12 months

Spencer Brown
Spencer Brown

A YOB whose pets “savagely mauled” five people in a street in a terrifying attack was today jailed for 12 months.

Spencer Brown, 22, of Marline Road, St Leonards pleaded guilty to 10 counts of owning two Staffordshire bull terrier cross-breeds Freak and Tilly dogs which were dangerously out of control in a public place.

Lewes Crown Court heard the dogs ran amok when they escaped from his home on July 22.

Victims of the attacks told police how the animals tore at their flesh and pulled the muscle from their bones, while those who came to the victims’ aid were also bitten.

Some of the victims needed surgery and skin grafts while others needed physiotherapy to help recover from their injuries.

Police managed to subdue one of the animals with a fire extinguisher and a dog catcher pole while a passer-by dragged the other one into a cage.

On May 16, a man suffered multiple cuts, wounds and a broken finger after Browns dog Freak, a 35kg animal cross-bred from an American bulldog, attacked him during a confrontation between him and Brown.

The victim, Jason Griggs, is still scarred and unable to work as a self-employed electrician following the attack, which also left him needing physiotherapy.

Brown, who has eight previous convictions which include theft and shoplifting, also admitted owning a dog which caused injury in a private place in relation to the attack on Mr Griggs and also possession of cannabis.

Police recommended they both be destroyed following reports from the kennels where they are being held that they remain aggressive.

Judge Anthony Scott-Gall at Lewes Crown Court said they were “grave and quite serious” offences which had left victims “savagely mauled.”