An award-winning dog breeder’s Belgian Malinois savaged a visitor to her home, clamping itself to her leg and causing ”significant” blood loss, a court has been told. Margaret Peacock, 69, who has won awards at Crufts, is accused of being in charge of the dog, Mako, while it was dangerously out of control and attacking Natasha Turner.
Prosecuting at Salisbury Crown Court, Sian Beaven said Ms Turner visited the defendant’s home in Farnborough, Hampshire, on February 1 2021, to do some DIY and visit her own dog, which was staying there.
Peacock was required under a dog behaviour contract to keep Mako under control at home because of a previous incident, Ms Beaven explained.
However, Miss Turner, who was making a phone call in a room at the house, felt a “nip” from behind and realised Mako was free.
Ms Beaven added: “Mako launched into a full attack on the lower part of Miss Turner’s leg.
“Mako refused to let go despite attempts to make him stop.”
The defendant tried to grab a screwdriver to stop the dog, which also began to bite her before returning to Miss Turner until the pair eventually managed to end the attack, Ms Beaven said.
She continued: “Miss Turner wanted to call an ambulance and the defendant insisted on cleaning up because there was significant blood.”
Miss Turner’s brother, Aaron Turner, took his sister to hospital, which the defendant also later attended because of her own bite wounds, the court heard.
Ms Beaven said Miss Turner suffered injuries which had to be assessed by a plastic surgeon.
She said: “The defendant remained very scared Miss Turner would call the police and began buying her gifts to dissuade her.”
Ms Beaven said Peacock claimed the victim was actually attacked by a stray dog in nearby woods.
She said the defendant claimed the gifts were the result of being blackmailed by Miss Turner.
Giving evidence, Miss Turner said she visited Peacock to move the defendant’s bed to another room in order that it would be closer to a wood burner because of the cold.
Describing the attack, she said: “It happened really quick. When we realised it was going wrong I was scared because I didn’t think I was going to get the dog off between us.
“It was like someone had got a knife, put it in your leg and was tearing it through with a knife. That’s the only way I can describe it.
“I was screaming. I was crying my eyes out. It was really, really bad.”
Miss Turner said Peacock helped her get the dog off but was then bitten herself before she managed to put the dog back behind a gate where it was normally kept.
Peacock asked her not to call the police because she was worried the dog would be put down, she added.
Peacock denies the offence. The trial continues.