Owner in court after pet bites man on hand

WARNING: Alfie the bulldog

OWNER: Peter Lyons

First published in News

A DOG has been given one final chance to behave or face being put down.

American Bulldog Alfie sunk its teeth into a man’s hand on a Southampton building site which left him unable to work for a month.

Now Alfie’s owner, Peter Lyons has been told his pet pooch faces destruction unless he keeps him in check.

Lyons appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court to answer charges of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury.

Lyons admitted the charges.

The court heard how Mr Lyons was in his caravan on a site off Third Avenue in Millbrook, when the attack happened.

He had left three-year-old Alfie in the car on the passenger side with the door open and had gone into his caravan to drink some coffee, before returning to Gloucestershire where he lives.

Lyons heard Mr Edwin Wannell, 20, from Shirley shout out in pain as he passed the vehicle, and he quickly ran to the car and saw that he had a bite mark to his hand and saw Alfie have his paws on the man’s chest. He offered him first-aid treatment and apologised for what had happened and accepted that his dog had bitten Mr Wannell.

The 44-year-old grounds worker was handed restrictions in the Contingency Destruction Order and ordered to pay fines totalling £805 which included £600 compensation, a £120 fine, and £85 court costs.

The contingency order included ensuring the dog being muzzled and kept on a lead in public places.

Sentencing Mr Lyons, magistrate Ms Botham said: “Believe me the bite did cause damage, the tooth went right through that part of the hand, it is only one bite, but your dog has done what dogs do and that is hung on.

“He was a scaffolder, and it could have been a child and you would be absolutely horrified.”

The dad-of-two has defended his dog, and believes that despite the attack he is friendly.

Speaking after the court hearing, Mr Lyons, said: “He is playful and very friendly towards people. Alfie is my pride and joy, he has never done anything like this before.

“I know for a fact that my dog would not hurt someone again.”

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11:10am Wed 27 Aug 14

owen_thesaints says...

“I know for a fact that my dog would not hurt someone again

I bet if asked prior to the incident he would have said “I know for a fact that my dog would not hurt someone again
“I know for a fact that my dog would not hurt someone again I bet if asked prior to the incident he would have said “I know for a fact that my dog would not hurt someone again owen_thesaints
  • Score: 40

12:47pm Wed 27 Aug 14

elvisimo says...

Shoot it
Shoot it elvisimo
  • Score: -1

1:44pm Wed 27 Aug 14

normal1965 says...

once bitten
once bitten normal1965
  • Score: 6

2:35pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

The graffiti on his arm looks like a pair of scissors. Let's hope the dog doesn't grab another pair next time he feels like maiming somebody and has got his gob bound up
The graffiti on his arm looks like a pair of scissors. Let's hope the dog doesn't grab another pair next time he feels like maiming somebody and has got his gob bound up Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: -5

2:54pm Wed 27 Aug 14

hempy88 says...

"A DOG has been given one final chance to behave or face being put down."

The dog speaks English now?
"A DOG has been given one final chance to behave or face being put down." The dog speaks English now? hempy88
  • Score: -10

3:09pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

hempy88 wrote:
"A DOG has been given one final chance to behave or face being put down."

The dog speaks English now?
Yes. he learnt it from the moose in Fawlty Towers.
[quote][p][bold]hempy88[/bold] wrote: "A DOG has been given one final chance to behave or face being put down." The dog speaks English now?[/p][/quote]Yes. he learnt it from the moose in Fawlty Towers. Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 6

3:57pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again!
How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again! Kirsty666
  • Score: 7

4:16pm Wed 27 Aug 14

noodlesnewman says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again!
can i ask why 666 ?
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again![/p][/quote]can i ask why 666 ? noodlesnewman
  • Score: -6

4:38pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again!
can i ask why 666 ?
Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else.
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again![/p][/quote]can i ask why 666 ?[/p][/quote]Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else. Kirsty666
  • Score: 6

5:05pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Chas O'Bursledon says...

It WILL do it again. There should be no second chances for dogs that bite anyone.
It WILL do it again. There should be no second chances for dogs that bite anyone. Chas O'Bursledon
  • Score: -1

5:37pm Wed 27 Aug 14

noodlesnewman says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again!
can i ask why 666 ?
Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else.
sorry kirsty i meant why the 666 thing ? creepy set of numbers those , dark .
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again![/p][/quote]can i ask why 666 ?[/p][/quote]Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else.[/p][/quote]sorry kirsty i meant why the 666 thing ? creepy set of numbers those , dark . noodlesnewman
  • Score: -1

5:38pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again!
can i ask why 666 ?
Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else.
sorry kirsty i meant why the 666 thing ? creepy set of numbers those , dark .
Lol I just like the devils number 😀
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again![/p][/quote]can i ask why 666 ?[/p][/quote]Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else.[/p][/quote]sorry kirsty i meant why the 666 thing ? creepy set of numbers those , dark .[/p][/quote]Lol I just like the devils number 😀 Kirsty666
  • Score: -1

6:39pm Wed 27 Aug 14

huckit P says...

Chas O'Bursledon wrote:
It WILL do it again. There should be no second chances for dogs that bite anyone.
Yes, of course. And why we're at it let's not give anything or anyone else a second chance. Euthanize every convicted criminal and also anyone that looks like a criminal. Anyone involved in a fight, road rage or anything similar. "KILL" is the only answer - according to you.
[quote][p][bold]Chas O'Bursledon[/bold] wrote: It WILL do it again. There should be no second chances for dogs that bite anyone.[/p][/quote]Yes, of course. And why we're at it let's not give anything or anyone else a second chance. Euthanize every convicted criminal and also anyone that looks like a criminal. Anyone involved in a fight, road rage or anything similar. "KILL" is the only answer - according to you. huckit P
  • Score: 3

8:33pm Wed 27 Aug 14

sparkster says...

would it not be a good idea to keep a muzzle on the dog when its out??
would it not be a good idea to keep a muzzle on the dog when its out?? sparkster
  • Score: 5

9:04pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Zexagon says...

sparkster wrote:
would it not be a good idea to keep a muzzle on the dog when its out??
Not on this site, kill it ! Put it down ! Destroy destroy destroy
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: would it not be a good idea to keep a muzzle on the dog when its out??[/p][/quote]Not on this site, kill it ! Put it down ! Destroy destroy destroy Zexagon
  • Score: -1

9:20pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Shoong says...

Surprise surprise, it's Mr Well 'Ard and his well 'ard dog.
Surprise surprise, it's Mr Well 'Ard and his well 'ard dog. Shoong
  • Score: 0

9:20pm Wed 27 Aug 14

noodlesnewman says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again!
can i ask why 666 ?
Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else.
sorry kirsty i meant why the 666 thing ? creepy set of numbers those , dark .
Lol I just like the devils number 😀
well if you new what i new you would stay well clear of those x
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again![/p][/quote]can i ask why 666 ?[/p][/quote]Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else.[/p][/quote]sorry kirsty i meant why the 666 thing ? creepy set of numbers those , dark .[/p][/quote]Lol I just like the devils number 😀[/p][/quote]well if you new what i new you would stay well clear of those x noodlesnewman
  • Score: -7

9:57pm Wed 27 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

I feel the outcome is pretty fair, the dog will have to be muzzled in public places and kept on a lead. My only concern is why the dog did this, is it really a one-off or is it the dogs nature now?
I feel the outcome is pretty fair, the dog will have to be muzzled in public places and kept on a lead. My only concern is why the dog did this, is it really a one-off or is it the dogs nature now? IronLady2010
  • Score: 1

10:08pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Graeme Harrison says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again!
can i ask why 666 ?
Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else.
sorry kirsty i meant why the 666 thing ? creepy set of numbers those , dark .
Lol I just like the devils number 😀
well if you new what i new you would stay well clear of those x
And if you knew what I knew, you'd know there was a difference between new and knew.
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again![/p][/quote]can i ask why 666 ?[/p][/quote]Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else.[/p][/quote]sorry kirsty i meant why the 666 thing ? creepy set of numbers those , dark .[/p][/quote]Lol I just like the devils number 😀[/p][/quote]well if you new what i new you would stay well clear of those x[/p][/quote]And if you knew what I knew, you'd know there was a difference between new and knew. Graeme Harrison
  • Score: 0

11:39pm Wed 27 Aug 14

noodlesnewman says...

Graeme Harrison wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again!
can i ask why 666 ?
Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else.
sorry kirsty i meant why the 666 thing ? creepy set of numbers those , dark .
Lol I just like the devils number 😀
well if you new what i new you would stay well clear of those x
And if you knew what I knew, you'd know there was a difference between new and knew.
pie and mash films , sun sea and satan !
[quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: How can he know for a fact it won't bite again? If I had a dog that bit ANYONE weather it be adult or child id have it put down no matter how upsetting it would be for my family I certainly wouldn't trust it again![/p][/quote]can i ask why 666 ?[/p][/quote]Because no matter how well trained it only takes something little for it to snap and attack at least being destroyed there's a 100% chance of it not biting ever again and had it not been this poor sod that got bit it would have been someone else.[/p][/quote]sorry kirsty i meant why the 666 thing ? creepy set of numbers those , dark .[/p][/quote]Lol I just like the devils number 😀[/p][/quote]well if you new what i new you would stay well clear of those x[/p][/quote]And if you knew what I knew, you'd know there was a difference between new and knew.[/p][/quote]pie and mash films , sun sea and satan ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: -2

12:13am Thu 28 Aug 14

Frank28 says...

On May 13th this year, there was an amendment to The Dangerous Dogs Act. Everyone, including Dog owners should familiarise themselves with these changes. Section 3 of the Act applies to every single dog owner in England and Wales. Under this section, it is a criminal offence for the person in charge of the dog to allow it to be ‘dangerously out of control’ in a public place. A dog doesn't have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law. Generally if a dog bites a person, it will be presumed to have been ‘dangerously out of control’, however even if the dog does not bite, but gives the person grounds to feel that the dog may injure them, the law still applies. A lot of people in charge of Dogs may find themselves facing serious charges if the dog in their care attacks or intimidates people.
On May 13th this year, there was an amendment to The Dangerous Dogs Act. Everyone, including Dog owners should familiarise themselves with these changes. Section 3 of the Act applies to every single dog owner in England and Wales. Under this section, it is a criminal offence for the person in charge of the dog to allow it to be ‘dangerously out of control’ in a public place. A dog doesn't have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law. Generally if a dog bites a person, it will be presumed to have been ‘dangerously out of control’, however even if the dog does not bite, but gives the person grounds to feel that the dog may injure them, the law still applies. A lot of people in charge of Dogs may find themselves facing serious charges if the dog in their care attacks or intimidates people. Frank28
  • Score: -1

12:27am Thu 28 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

This dog needs to keep his out of control owner on a lead at all times. Both should be muzzled.
This dog needs to keep his out of control owner on a lead at all times. Both should be muzzled. BeyondImagination
  • Score: -1

12:37pm Thu 28 Aug 14

wilson castaway says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
I feel the outcome is pretty fair, the dog will have to be muzzled in public places and kept on a lead. My only concern is why the dog did this, is it really a one-off or is it the dogs nature now?
I agree and why did the dog, that was in a van just decide to attack a random guy.Did the man try and enter the vehicle or reach in to grab something? Doesn't add up this one.I have an american bulldog.She's the most well behaved and sweetest dog ever.Trained to sit stay wait come back and do tricks!
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: I feel the outcome is pretty fair, the dog will have to be muzzled in public places and kept on a lead. My only concern is why the dog did this, is it really a one-off or is it the dogs nature now?[/p][/quote]I agree and why did the dog, that was in a van just decide to attack a random guy.Did the man try and enter the vehicle or reach in to grab something? Doesn't add up this one.I have an american bulldog.She's the most well behaved and sweetest dog ever.Trained to sit stay wait come back and do tricks! wilson castaway
  • Score: -1

6:25pm Thu 28 Aug 14

devil333 says...

well i think we need a law for dangerous humans as well as people can attack someone as well and with out a good reason.
well i think we need a law for dangerous humans as well as people can attack someone as well and with out a good reason. devil333
  • Score: -1
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