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Man jailed for dog attacks

Spencer Brown Photo: Sussex Police

A man whose dogs escaped into the street and attacked 10 people in St Leonards in July was sentenced to a total of 12 months in prison when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court today.

Twenty two year old Spencer Brown lived in Marline Road, St Leonards at the time. He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of owning a dog dangerously out of control in the neighbourhood on 22 July.

He had also admitted possession of cannabis at a different hearing.

The court heard that police were called to Marline Road following a report that two dogs had escaped into the street and several people had been attacked.

When officers arrived one of the dogs had already been detained by members of the public in a dog crate. The second dog was quickly contained by a dog unit, assisted by other police officers at the scene, in a garden, allowing South East Coast Ambulance Service to treat those who had been injured.

Ten local people, suffered a range of serious, but not life threatening bites, cuts and scratches caused in the attacks in the street and were treated at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings. None of them were detained at hospital but three of the ten, a woman and two men, were referred for out patient treatment at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.

After the case Detective Constable Rob Tillyer said: "This was an horrific incident culminating in some life changing injuries to a number of victims, who were going about their normal daily business.

"The sentence passed on Spencer Brown cannot compensate for the victims' pain and suffering. The majority of dog owners in Hastings are responsible and take the stewardship of their animals seriously. It is hoped that his conviction sends a message to dog owners to be responsible, and to ensure proper control of their animal at all times, whether it is in their personal control or that of another.

"Sussex Police will continue to treat all dog bite incidents seriously and take positive action wherever necessary."

He was sentenced to nine months for the 10 counts in July and three months for the incident in May to run consecutively. He was also sentenced to one month each for two breaches of conditional discharge and one month for cannabis possession, to run concurrently with the sentences for having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.

He has been banned for life from owning or being in control of a dog and a destruction order was made for both dogs.

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