Stephen Potts had denied seven charges relating to the attack on Lindsay Edwards and his dog Zuma in October. The dog that was caught will be kept in kennels while a decision is made about its future. Related Topics.
The attack happened three weeks after Potts was attacked by two of his own dogs and as bulldosg result his right arm had to be amputated. Durham Police confirmed one bulldog was "humanely destroyed" in the Coronation Terrace area at about 11pm.
Potts is due to be sentenced next month. Potts had denied seven charges of owning dangerously out of control dogs - but has now pleaded guilty to six lesser charges of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control in a public place. The year-old owner was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, where he was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.
People living nearby in Pittington, County Durham, remained terrified until police finally rounded up the dogs about two hours later, killing one of them and amerixan the other to a secure kennel. Two drivers even tried to ram the powerfully-built dogs with their car to stop them mauling the victim.
Potts' friend Patricia Ayre, 66, from Sedgefield, has been acquitted on all counts. Police refused to give details of his injuries.
Alison Metcalf, who saw the attack happen outside her home on the usually quiet housing estate, said: "About 9 o'clock I heard a lot of shouting americwn I just thought was kids so I ignored it, and it turned to screaming. Passers-by tried to rescue the man by attacking the dogs with golf clubs, umbrellas and garden tools but were unable to help him until the animals lost interest and ran off.
The owner was in excruciating pain, she said: "They'd ripped his clothes off, they'd almost ripped his arm off, he had dreadful injuries to one of his arms, ameriican marks, he was just a mess. Mr Edwards, 63, was bitten on his calf and head, and Zuma "heavily mauled".
At times they gripped the man's head in their mouths, dragging him along the ground. Police received a call just after 9pm on Sunday night and sent a helicopter and armed officers to hunt down the beasts.
She described the public's response as "fantastic", saying: "There was absolute chaos but people were very courageous. Dave Coxon, Durham city neighbourhood inspector, said: "I can confirm that both dogs were quickly captured by police and it was necessary for reasons bulldgos public safety to humanely destroy one of the dogs.
I've never seen something so vicious and brutal in my life. Those animals were later destroyed.
It is thought fireworks in the area may have spooked the animals and turned them vicious.