Dog fight costs 10 stone Sully his catwalk career

PUBLISHED: 07:12 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:18 24 May 2010

A DOG owner is devastated he will not be able to show off his prize winning 10 stone pet after a court ordered him to place a muzzle and lead on him while outside his home. Gavin Smith's Bullmastiff has taken part in shows in Bath, Worcester, and London.

A DOG owner is devastated he will not be able to show off his prize winning 10 stone pet after a court ordered him to place a muzzle and lead on him while outside his home.Gavin Smith's Bullmastiff has taken part in shows in Bath, Worcester, and London. Sully even qualified for this year's prestigious Crufts competition.But he will not be able to compete at the shows now a safety guard has to be worn at all times while he is in public.Magistrates ordered Mr Smith to make Sully wear a muzzle on May 4 after he was involved in a fight with two dogs in Locking.Sully attacked the dogs while off his lead in Weston Airfield on October 9 last year.Dog walker Stephen Pyne was bitten on the finger while trying to prise open Sully's jaws from his Red Setter's neck.North Somerset Magistrates court in St Georges heard another woman approached Mr Pyne and said her dog had just been attacked.Mr Smith, who lives in Elm Tree Road, Locking, left the scene without giving his name, but later admitted to not being properly in charge of the dog during a police interview.The 39-year-old said Sully is a gentle giant and that is why he is named after the large comical star of the hit movie Monsters, Inc.He said: "Making him wear a muzzle has ended his show career and it's very upsetting."It was his first offence and he should have been on the lead, but people just see his size and get scared."He has won some pretty big shows and we didn't go to Crufts because this was hanging over him."Police prosecutor Okechukwu Adieze told the court that two people had made complaints about Mr Smith's dog.He said: "Mr Pyne's dog was in serious pain after the incident.

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