A man was bitten in the face by a suspected XL Bully while trying to help its unconscious owner.
Huw Hickey was stepping in to help Luke Evans who had passed out on a bridge.
Despite being warned about the growling dog, Hickey, approached to help. The dog then bit his face, leaving him with a cut on his lower lip and an abrasion near his upper lip.
Evans, 30, admitted to breaking a ban on owning animals and having a dangerous dog that caused injury.
Luke Evans of Llain Y Maen, Blaenau Ffestiniog
North Wales Police
He was later found still unconscious by another passer-by who called the police. Officers helped the intoxicated Evans and his dog to his sister’s flat.
Evans, from Llain y Maen, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, was already banned from owning a dog due to a court order.
Just hours after being found on the bridge, police were called to a dispute where Evans was seen threatening another man with a chair.
While the exact breed of the dog has not been officially determined, Caernarfon Crown Court heard the seized animal was believed to be an XL bully.
Evans appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court in Caernarfon, Wales
Mitigating, Rosemary Proctor said Evans’ alcohol problems were “deep-seated” and said he’d arrived at court drunk on Tuesday before being remanded in custody.
Proctor added there were some “positive signs” he may be beginning to turn his life around.
Recorder Wyn Lloyd Jones, reminded Evans of his previous bans from owning a dog in 2018 and 2022, both for five years, which he had violated.
He has now been sentenced toa 12-month prison sentence for owning a dangerously out of control dog that caused injury, and an extra three months for another offence.
Recorder Wyn Lloyd Jones told Caernarfon Crown Court: ” [The Good Samaritan] was concerned for you. He was trying to help you and perform a public service. The dog attacked him and bit him on the face.”
“I am entirely satisfied it was pure luck that he did not suffer a serious injury…You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself for everything that happened that day.
“Dogs that are dangerously out of control are a serious problem in society.
“They kill, they can injure, sometimes seriously, and the owners or the keepers bear a heavy responsibility towards the public if the dog is taken out in public. This dog was not even on a lead. The dangers posed to the public cannot be overstated.”