#TheList Polish national Patryk Angelov who also uses the surname Sanczo, born c. 1992, of Dunton Street, Leicester LE3 – left an American bulldog named Diablo tied up outside a supermarket for several hours; the panic-stricken dog bit a shopper, chewed through his lead and escaped, causing havoc
Four-year-old American bulldog Diablo was left alone outside Aldi “for hours” by Patryk Angelov and a concerned shopper was bitten on the wrist when he went to check on the distressed animal.
The dog then chewed through his lead and began running round the car park of the store in Woodgate, Leicester.
Police were called and were able to calm Diablo down before taking him to kennels.
Officers then tracked down forlkift truck driver Angelov, who was oblivious to the dog’s ordeal.
Angelov admitted being the person in charge of a dangerously out of control dog which caused injury. He also admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
Nigel Chapman, prosecuting, said the incident happened on January 10, 2019.
“The defendant took the dog on a lead to Aldi and unfortunately forgot to take him home,” he told the court.
“He left it tethered outside the store.
“A customer was a little concerned for the dog’s welfare. He saw it was cold and unattended.
“He went to stroke its head and the dog bit him.
“The dog managed to break free from its lead by chewing through it.
“It went off round the car park and the police were called.”
Mr Chapman said the victim suffered puncture wounds and nerve damage as a result of the bite.
He added that the man had previously been confident around dogs but had since developed an aversion to them.
In a statement to the court he said: “I do not trust dogs now. I try to avoid them for fear of being attacked.”
Mr Chapman told magistrates that Diablo remained at police kennels, adding: “Because there was an injury you have to consider a destruction order.”
The court heard the dog had never previously bitten anyone.
Mr Chapman said there could, however, be a contingency destruction order – meaning Diablo would be spared if he was kept on a lead and muzzled while out in public.
Sajid Munir, defending, said: “On the day he (Angelov) was under the influence of alcohol.
“He had gone to Aldi to purchase some more alcohol to cope with a relationship breakdown.
“He tied the dog to a post and had gone home.
“He completely forgot that he had the dog with him.
“When he realised he was distraught.
“He feels sorry and regrets the actions of the dog.”
Mr Munir added: “The defendant made a terrible mistake that day.
“He says it is not the dog that should be punished. It is him who should be punished.
“The dog was no doubt scared to be tied to a post for that period of time.”
Mr Munir read a letter to the court from Angelov’s father, who owns Diablo, who described his son as a good boy who cared for him as he suffers with terminal cancer.
Magistrates agreed to the contingency destruction order and banned Angelov from being in charge of or owning a dog for five years.
Sentencing: 12-month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work; £150 compensation to the man who was bitten; £200 towards the police cost of keeping Diablo in kennels and an £85 victim surcharge. Banned from being in charge of or owning a dog for five years.