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Pensioner, 80, jailed after dog bites girl in Cambridgeshire

Deefa, the dog, was a Jack Russell. Credit: Press Association.

An 80-year-old woman has been jailed for 12 months after a dog bit a five-year-old girl in the face.

Theresa Graves was walking the dog, called Deefa, in Estover Road in March, Cambridgeshire, in June 2017.

After seeing the young girl playing in a front garden with her little sister and grandmother, Ms Graves held the dog up and asked if she wanted to kiss it.

As the victim did, the dog bit her face, leaving her with injuries that required hospital treatment.

Graves, of Estover Road, March, admitted being in charge of a dangerous dog. She was jailed and disqualified from owning a dog for life during the hearing at Cambridge Crown Court.

Her son, David Graves, 41, also of Estover Road, admitted being the owner of the dog. He was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

Deefa is to be put down.

"This case shows how important it is to keep dogs under control in public places and how seriously the courts treat incidents of this nature."

– Det Con Mark Yendley, Cambridgeshire Police.