Man jailed after girl, 6, savaged by his pack of out-of-control dogs in Manchester

A man whose pack of dogs savaged a six-year-old girl has been jailed.

Bernard Valentine, of Ackers Lane, Carrington, was sentenced to 49 months behind bars after the the attack, which involved his pocket bulldogs.

On Sunday 26 March this year, the young girl walked to her friend's house on Ackers Lane.

As she walked past a property where Valentine was staying in his camper van outside, she was set upon by a pack of six dogs that were being kept in the back garden and in the defendant's camper van.

The girl's older sister tried to wrestle the dogs off, but they only ran away when her mother picked her up.

She suffered serious injuries to her face, scalp, hand, abdomen, arms, legs, back and shoulder, and has since had surgery.

Valentine was arrested two days later when his van was traced to Fallowfield in south Manchester and the dogs were subsequently seized.

He was also arrested in connection with a second attack on the same road, when a man walking his dalmatian was injured after being set upon by the dogs.

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Valentine was also banned from owning dogs for life and has a 10-year restraining order after pleading guilty to eight charges of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control and possession of Class B drugs.