Dangerous Tibetan Mastiff faces being put down after terrifying attacks on three people including a 17-year-old schoolgirl who was badly bitten on her arm
- The young victim had been severely bitten on the forearm in Edinburgh in March
- Motorists stopped to help her after she had been left ‘cowering on the pavement’
- Owner Cher Hardy admitted losing control of dog at Edinburgh Court this month
- Sheriff will decide the fate of the 18-month-old dog, called Teddy, next month
Teddy’s owner Cher Hardy (pictured together when the dog was a puppy), 31, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier this month
A dangerous Tibetan Mastiff could be put down after terrifying attacks on three people including a 17-year-old schoolgirl who was badly bitten on her arm.
The young victim, who cannot be identified due to legal reasons, was severely bitten on the forearm during her ordeal in Edinburgh in March.
Motorists had stopped to help her after she had been left ‘cowering on the pavement’ following the attack.
The dog’s owner, Cher Hardy, 31, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier this month to admit losing control of it on three occasions.
Sheriff Peter McCormack will decide the fate of the 18-month-old animal, called Teddy, at a dog destruction hearing next month.
He was handed a written narration which stated Hardy – a director of an Edinburgh property lettings firm – imported the dog from Russia.
The narration described the three attacks which took place within 100 yards of Hardy’s home in a street in the upmarket Murrayfield area.
Sheriff McCormack was told police had seized the dog and he deferred sentence on Hardy until next month.
Her pet also attacked a pensioner, who was rescued by two workmen.
It knocked Jane Humphreys, 73, to the ground near her home before sinking its teeth into her arm and leg.
The OAP’s injuries are said to include a loss of ‘a significant amount of skin to her upper arm’ as well as bite marks to her legs.
She is said to have been left traumatised and ‘unable to get the image of herself lying on the road being bitten by the dog out of her mind’.
Sheriff Peter McCormack will decide the fate of the 18-month-old animal, called Teddy, at a dog destruction hearing next month. Pictured: Edinburgh Sheriff Court
The third victim, Fiona McHale, 53, suffered permanent scarring and is now scared of contact with dogs.
Hardy pleaded guilty to being the owner of the Tibetan Mastiff – a breed developed to protect livestock from attacks by wolves and bears – which was dangerously out of control, untethered and unmuzzled when it bit the 17-year-old on March 7.
She also admitted to similar charges involving the other attacks on May 3 and October 12.