A DANGEROUS dog owner from Winsford who made no attempt to stop his German Shepherd attacking a stranger has been sentenced.

Ian Ladley, of Manor Court, had appealed to Chester magistrates for the life of three-year-old Bonnie, after she bit at woman on the arm over his garden fence.

Ladley, 50, was supervising Bonnie along and another German Shepherd in his yard on Saturday, June 17. 

The victim, a 39-year-old woman, was walking by with her daughter when the dogs started barking and snapping. 

Bonnie then reached over the fence and bit the woman on the upper arm.

She shouted to Ladley and told him what had happened, but he ignored her, making no attempts to control the dogs.

The woman later went to hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

Ladley appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on Wednesday November 8, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog.

He was handed a community order including 80 hours unpaid work, £120 court costs, and £114 victim surcharge.

The judge also put a ‘contingent destruction order’ on Bonnie the German Shepherd, meaning she must wear a muzzle when out of the house, and be controlled by a person over 16 at all times.

If he doesn't comply, she'll have to be destroyed.

Ladly must also pay £250 compensation to the victim.

After the court case, Police Constable Paul Gilchrest, of Northwich local policing unit, said:“Over recent months, we’ve seen a number of incidents across the country where people have died or suffered serious injuries after being attacked by dogs.

“Thankfully on this occasion the victim escaped with just minor injuries, however the outcome could have been far worse.

“I hope that this case acts as a reminder of the importance to control your dogs at all times, including when at home.

“Just because the animals are in your house or garden, doesn’t mean that you are not responsible for their actions.”