08:00 Saturday 11 January 2014

'I was terrified' dog attack victim speaks out

Written bySARAH BOULD

A WOMAN who was attacked by two dogs that escaped from their owner’s garden has told of her terror.

Daniella Stoke, 21, was walking home from work on October 30 in Honeysuckle View when the two dogs jumped up at her. She was left with injuries to her hand after one of the dogs bit her.

On Thursday we reported that the dogs’ owner Emma Nicholson, who runs puppy rescue centre, Impawtant Pups, was sentenced at Burton Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to a charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

She was fined a total of £ 745 in compensation and court costs.

Miss Stokes told the Mail: ‘I was terrified afterwards.

“I was left with two bite marks and my hand swelled up.

“I still panic now. It’s not something that money can take away. All I want is to not still feel like that.”

“It was the night before Halloween, Had it been the next night it could have been a child that was out trick or treating.”

The two dogs Gambit and Castile, which Mrs Nicholson has kept as pets for three years, had escaped from the garden at her Jasmine Close home after a gate bolt became loose.

The court heard that Miss Stokes was walking along the street when she saw the two large dogs running towards her. They jumped up at her and one of them bit her hand. She escaped the dogs by letting herself into a nearby house.

Magistrates ordered that Gambit, the dog that bit Miss Stokes must now be muzzled and kept on a lead. The other dog must be kept under proper control.

Speaking after the hearing Mrs Nicholson, who sobbed in court, expressed her shock at the accusations, claiming that the dogs were not the type that jumped up or bit people.

She showed the Mail a video of the dogs taking a biscuit out of a person’s mouth.

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