Two dogs described as Staffordshire Bull Terriers mixed with American Bulldog mauled ten people within one hour in a "horrific and nightmarish" street attack in the popular British seaside resort area of Hastings, southeast of London, on July 22, 2012. The attacks occurred in a housing estate in affluent St. Leonard’s on Sea, East Sussex.
The dogs created a wake of terror and carnage as they ran through the streets biting and ripping the flesh of anyone in their paths, according to reports. The ten injured people were between 20 and 50 years of age.
The Pit Bulls’ owner, 22-year-old Spencer Brown (pictured), who lived on Marline Road, St Leonards at the time, pleaded guilty on August 31 to ten counts of owning a dog dangerously out of control in public. He claimed that the dogs escaped from his yard. Brown also admitted to possession of cannabis at a different hearing, according to lewespeople.com.
When officers arrived at the scene of the attack, one of the dogs had been cornered by members of the public who then got it into a dog crate. The second dog was captured by the Sussex Police animal control unit, assisted by other police officers at the scene, so that South East Coast Ambulance Service attendants could safely administer emergency care for those who had been injured. The ten victims were treated at Conquest Hospital in Hastings.
After the sentencing, Detective Constable Rob Tillyer said: "This was a horrific incident culminating in some life changing injuries to a number of victims, who were going about their normal daily business.
"The sentence passed on Spencer Brown cannot compensate for the victims' pain and suffering…It is hoped that his conviction sends a message to dog owners to be responsible, and to ensure proper control of their animal at all times, whether it is in their personal control or that of another,” he stated.
He assured residents that, "Sussex Police will continue to treat all dog bite incidents seriously and take positive action wherever necessary."
Spencer Brown was sentenced to a total of 12 months in jail at Lewes Crown Court--nine months for the 10 counts of owning a dog dangerously out of control in a public place and three months for the incident in May, to run consecutively. He also received concurrent sentences of one month each for two breaches of parole violation (conditional discharge) and one month for cannabis possession, according to the report.
Brown has also been banned for life from owning or being in control of a dog.
Both Pit Bulls in the attack were ordered euthanized.