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Victim shocked as dogs returned

A 60-year-old woman has said she is shocked that the dogs which attacked her and left her seriously injured have been returned to the owner.

Mary Briggs was attacked by the two large white dogs south-east London last July. The attack left her needing skin grafts after the dogs bit her arms, legs and thighs.
The dogs' owner Ronald Whyte appeared before magistrates and has been given a suspended 60-day jail sentence.

Mrs Briggs said told her local news station: ‘They were running around on their own, they came and attacked me. They pushed me to the ground and then the owner came around the corner and he tried to back them off because I was unable to, but they came back and attacked me.’ Mrs Briggs believes she was saved by passers-by dragged who managed to drag her into a car.

Whyte was sentenced on 29 September at Tower Bridge Magistrates' Court where he pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog that was out of control causing injury. His sentence was suspended for a year and he was ordered to serve 50 hours community service and will be under supervision for six months. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to Mrs Briggs.
The dogs, thought to be American bull terriers, were returned and Whyte was ordered to keep them in control, on the lead and muzzled.

Mrs Briggs said she was shocked the dogs were allowed back in the estate. ‘I feel very lucky that I did survive the attack. If it had been a child, that child wouldn't survive the attack, and the dogs are now free to do that if they run amok. I have suffered panic attacks when I leave my flat... I am looking for the dogs. I'm just terrified. I think everybody that lives in my block of flats and adjoining area are in danger as a result of him having those dogs.’