A WOMAN was imprisoned after her runaway Doberman manhandled a girl until her grandmother managed to drag the beast down.
Lisa Garner, 45, will serve 10 months behind bars for the attack in which her dog El Chapo devastated the three-year-old in the street.
The Hampshire woman had previously pleaded guilty to grooming a dangerously runaway dog in connection with the attack.
The attack resulted in the teen being taken to the hospital, where she required emergency surgery.
Left behind with life-changing injuries, she is scarred “mentally and physically” and wakes up at night screaming.
The horror unfolded on August 8 on Havant Street, where Garner lives.
Martyn Booth, the prosecutor, said the young girl was walking home from the shops with her grandmother and partner when they struck up a conversation with the Garner.
He said the grandmother spoke to Garner about posts on Facebook of her dogs attacking other dogs and other people.
He told the court: “The girl moves in front of her from behind, she doesn’t make a particularly sudden movement, she doesn’t do anything that could in any way be suggested as provocative or disruptive towards the dog, but the dog just lunged at her.
“The dog grabbed her around her torso and basically threw her on the ground.
“The dog was extremely powerful compared to the defendant and it goes without saying that it was extremely powerful compared to a three-year-old child.
“Then it wouldn’t let her go, it hit her around the stomach.”
Mr Booth said it took the grandmother, her partner and two bystanders to “hit, pinch and kick” the dog to get it to stop.
He said: “The reality of the situation is if they hadn’t gotten involved without thinking of themselves the way they did, it would be unbearable to think about what the consequences would have been ultimately.”
Mr Booth added: “It was clearly an extremely traumatic, no doubt terrifying, painful experience.”
Prosecutors said the three-year-old had surgery for three wounds on her back measuring 4cm, 3cm and 1cm, and another 6cm on her leg.
In a victim impact statement read in court, the girl’s mother said: “The consequences have hit her hard, mentally and physically.
“She now screams in her sleep and wakes up screaming because she has flashbacks and nightmares about the incident.
“She can’t walk down the street now because she screams when she sees a dog, she can’t walk past a dog anymore.
“It’s heartbreaking for her and the rest of the family to see her like this.
“I don’t know if my little girl will overcome this fear and trauma that has deeply affected her and her loved ones.”
She now screams in her sleep and wakes up screaming as she has flashbacks and nightmares about the incident.
The victim’s mother
“Horrifying” CCTV footage of the attack was shown to the court.
People could be heard screaming as the group struggled to fight the little girl’s dog.
Mr Booth said the dog was destroyed by police despite Garner refusing to relinquish her rights to the animal.
He said Garner had previous convictions for public disorder, driving in excess of drugs and driving without due care and failure to report an accident.
He added that Garner had taken in El Chapo, who was previously a guard dog, as a rescue dog.
She had said in a police interview: “Although the dog looks evil, he’s a big donut.”
Damian Hayes, defending himself, said Garner, whose daughter died 10 years ago, has been involved in dog rescue for 20 years and has owned six Dobermans during that time.
He said: “For her part, Miss Garner feels nothing but shame and regret for what happened.”
Judge William Ashworth sentenced Garner at Portsmouth Crown Court, telling her: “It was very serious and the dog posed a serious risk.
“Detention is the only appropriate punishment.”
Thanking the members of the public who intervened, he added, “It is a reminder in a difficult and challenging world that members of the public can act with genuine courage and altruism, and our court thanks them.”
In addition to the prison sentence, Garner was banned from owning dogs for ten years.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6883491/woman-jailed-dobermann-mauls-child/ Woman, 45, jailed after her runaway Doberman named El Chapo manhandled girl, 3, before grandmother pulled animal off