ear bitten off by dog
AN ELECTRICITY company worker who had his ear ripped off in a savage attack by a customer’s Staffy has called for tougher laws on dangerous dogs.
Stuart Walker, 39, said the injuries had ‘ripped his life apart’ and is still trying to comes to terms with the disfigurement and trauma which has had a ‘ripple effect’ on his family.
Mr Walker called at a house in Craig Drive, Hillingdon, on June 11 last year when a snarling Staffordshire bull terrier called Zeus leapt at him.
After being bitten on his arms and legs and being knocked to the floor, the crazed dog then bit off his left ear.
“The dog thought I was lunch and went for me,” he said.
“It was like something out of a horror movie. It only went on for a couple of minutes but it felt like a lifetime. I thought I was going to die.
“The dog was still going beserk when the police turned up.”
Officers eventually restrained Zeus, and Mr Walker was rushed to hospital, where doctors tried and failed to reattach his ear. He now faces years of reconstructive surgery, and a lifetime of impaired hearing.
Mr Walker, who lives in Ickenham with his fiancée Mary, said: “It has had a ripple effect on my family and friends, who were all distraught. It has affected my earnings, and I am having counselling for post-traumatic stress.
“The worst thing is the psychological effect this has had on me. I am scarred for life, and am reminded of what happened every time I look in the mirror.”
Zeus’ owner Sandra Duncan, 64, appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday last week after admitting to allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and causing injury.
Sentencing Duncan to four months in jail suspended for a year, and 100 hours’ community service, Judge Anna Guggenheim said her actions were ‘reckless and grossly negligent’.
Zeus was ordered to be put down.
The court heard Zeus had bitten a postman and police officers in 2009.
Mr Walker said: “It had attacked once, and common sense tells you it tasted blood and will attack again. Once should be enough for it to be put down. It’s people’s safety at stake.
“The laws around dogs need to be changed, because there’s too much of this sort of thing going on. It makes me angry that the current laws seem to favour the animal as opposed to people. It could be prevented.”
Investigating officer PC Christopher Forster said of Mr Walker’s injuries: “They were without doubt the most serious I have seen inflicted by a dog.
“Mr Walker has shown a tremendous amount of courage in dealing with this life-changing incident”.