Mauled dog owner held by police

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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A dog breeder who was savaged by his own American bulldogs resulting in his arm being amputated has been arrested after his dogs attacked three other people, it has emerged.

Stephen Potts, from Pittington, County Durham, lost his right arm after being mauled by the dogs in a “vicious and brutal” attack.

Neighbours of Mr Potts came out of their houses to beat the frenzied pets with golf clubs, umbrellas and cricket bats in an attempt to save him.

But it is now believed he has been arrested after six of them attacked another man and his Staffordshire bull terrier as he was out walking them in the Belmont area of Durham City around 1pm today.

The 63-year-old victim was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Durham with injuries to his limbs and head and his condition is described as serious.

Two other women were also injured in the incident, one with bites to her hand and the other with injuries to her leg.

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said: “A 48-year-old man from Pittington has been arrested in connection with the incident. He is currently being questioned by officers at Durham City police station.”

The police also confirmed that all the dogs involved had been secured.

Neighbourhood Chief Inspector for Durham Andy Huddleston said “I can confirm all dogs involved in the incident have been secured and there is no immediate danger to the public.

“The people injured have been taken to hospital where we are monitoring their progress.”

After the first incident last month, one of the dogs was shot dead by police marksmen and the other was caught and was being kept in kennels while a decision was made about its fate.

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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