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Man whose dog attacked woman in Leek jailed

A Leek man has been jailed after his dog attacked a woman, leaving her needing surgery to her leg.

The woman was attacked by the Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog owned by Ian Gough as she walked along Garden Street around 5.30pm on 24 November last year.

The dog grabbed her right leg causing severe injuries which required a hospital admission and surgery.

She has been left with extensive scarring.

33-year-old Gough has been sentenced to 19 months behind bars for having a dog dangerously out of control and causing injury.

He has also been banned from owning a dog for a period of eight years, while the dog was ordered to be destroyed.

Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team deputy commander,Sgt Rob Peacock said: "The woman injured in this attack suffered horrific injuries. She was just walking down the road and did nothing to provoke the dog, which was dangerously out of control.

"Gough was unable to prevent the dog from running away from him and the consequence of this is that a woman has been scarred for life. 

"Dog ownership is a responsibility and needs to be taken seriously. Owners need to make sure that their animal is safe to be around people. Otherwise, the consequences can be serious."

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