Kirrie man jailed after toddler dog attack

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A man was today (Tuesday) jailed after his Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog savaged a toddler and left her with “gaping” facial wounds.

John Towns’ dog latched onto the face of the two-year-old girl at his home in Kirriemuir when she went to stroke it.

The Staffie then, “without warning” knocked the child over and bit her face in a “tight grip”.

The girl’s mother had to wrestle with the animal to get it to release it’s powerful jaws - only for it to tighten it’s grip before finally letting go.

The toddler lost teeth and was left with two “large, gaping wounds” on her cheeks, Forfar Sheriff Court heard.

She may require plastic surgery to repair the damage caused in the vicious attack.

Fiscal depute Joanne Smith told the court that the young victim’s mother was a friend of the couple and had visited their home around 10.30am on February 27.

Towns, 45, of Glamis Road, Kirriemuir, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of being the owner of an animal that was dangerously out of control and permanently disfigured the tot on February 27 this year.

His not guilty plea to supplying diazepam from his home on the same date was accepted by the Crown.

His partner, Elaine Towns, 39, had her not guilty plea to the dog charge accepted.

Sheriff Pino di Emidio jailed Towns for a year.