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Muppet the dog won't be put down after Storm Doris rampage

A dog that attacked several people after escaping from a Northamptonshire garden during Storm Doris will not be put down.

Four people were bitten when Muppet and another dog, Phoebe, got out in Duston in February last year.

Phoebe was shot at the scene by police, who then applied for a 'civil destruction order' to have Muppet put to sleep.

But owner Jeffrey Penfold refused to sign the order and today - ahead of a hearing at Wellingborough Magistrates' Court - it was withdrawn.

The lurcher-whippet/Staffordshire bull terrier cross will now have to wear a muzzle at all times when in public.

"Obviously there were some freak circumstances that probably put the dog in a particularly different frame of mind and character than it would have been normally on a day-to-day basis."

– Sgt Richard Bradley, Police dog handler
Thousands signed a petition to save Muppet. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 6,500 people had signed a petition to save Muppet.

His owners say the dog is 'fit and well and back home enjoying family life'.