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Teenage girl bitten by dog

PUBLISHED: 10:58 19 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:19 05 July 2010

A dog leapt at a teenage girl and sunk its teeth into her stomach and chest as she stood in a Lowestoft alleyway, a court has heard.

The boxer dog called Lennox started to act strangely because the girl had her hood up and then lunged at her as she tried to move away, Lowestoft Magistrates' Court heard yesterday.

A dog leapt at a teenage girl and sunk its teeth into her stomach and chest as she stood in a Lowestoft alleyway, a court has heard.

The boxer dog called Lennox started to act strangely because the girl had her hood up and then lunged at her as she tried to move away, Lowestoft Magistrates' Court heard yesterday.

Before the court was Lennox's owner Jonathan Roe, who pleaded guilty to having a dog out of control in a public place.

Roe, 20, of Notley Road, Lowestoft, was issued with a control order to ensure Lennox is kept on a lead and muzzled in public places. He was also told to pay £200 compensation to the victim and ordered the pay £20 costs.

Mitzy Bond, prosecuting, said Roe was in an alleyway outside the YMCA training centre, in Regent Road, when the attack took place at 12.15pm on July 17.

Roe and a friend, who was holding Lennox by his lead, were talking to the girl when the attack took place. She removed her hood when she realised it was making Lennox act strangely and moved away.

However, the dog, aged about six, lunged at her and refused to release his grip until Roe pulled him away.

Ms Bond said the fact the victim was a youth was an aggravating factor, but said she had not been seriously injured.

In a statement to police, the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the dog “sunk its jaws” into her chest and stomach and refused to let go.

“I was screaming hysterically for someone to get the dog off me,” she added.

Addressing the court, Roe said the attack was over in a matter of seconds and denied the girl had been screaming.

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