Man pleads guilty over dangerous dog attack in Walthamstow

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Sparky at the vet's shortly after the attack. Photo courtesy of Paul McGuinness. Sparky at the vet's shortly after the attack. Photo courtesy of Paul McGuinness.

The owner of a banned pitbull dog which savaged another animal in a Walthamstow park has been sentenced to a community order.

Johnny Tenjo, 28, of Greenleaf Road in Walthamstow, was also told to pay £700 compensation after the attack in Lloyd Park in May 2012.

He was with his pet, which was not on a lead, when it ran up to a Jack Russell and sunk its teeth into the animal's neck, causing severe injuries.

The dog, a 10-year-old called Sparky, underwent extensive veterinary treatment and has largely recovered, although still suffers some after-effects of the attack.

Sparky's distraught owner, 34-year-old civil servant Paul McGuinness, contacted the Guardian at the time and said Tenjo had blamed him for walking in "his" territory.

Speaking after Tenjo's conviction, Mr McGuinness said: "I am happy some justice has been served. But I think it’s a shame it had to come to this.

"A lot of valuable time and money could have been saved had Mr Tenjo been a gentleman, apologised and offered to help.

“Sparky has recovered well, except that she snores loudly now and struggles to breath at night because of long term nerve damage in her throat. She is still very friendly with other dogs.”

Mr McGuinness said the attack only ended when Tenjo pulled his animal off Sparky.

But to his amazement Tenjo then calmly resumed his game of fetch with his pitbull despite MrMcGuinness fearing Sparky had died from the mauling.

Tenjo was arrested several days later in the same park when a police officer noticed he matched the description given by Mr McGuinness.

Mr McGuinness added: “I hope this will encourage others to come forward and report such incidents so that we can enjoy our parks and streets without fear of a vicious dog mauling."

Tenjo pleaded guilty to possession of a banned breed of dog and allowing it to be dangerously out of control during a hearing at Thames Magistrates Court.

His supervision community order is for ten months, during which time he will have to attend regular meetings with a probation officer in an attempt to improve his behaviour and attitude.

The case was prosecuted by Waltham Forest Council after an investigation by its Dog Enforcement Team.

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12:05pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

People like Tenjo should be locked up. Vermin.
People like Tenjo should be locked up. Vermin. Cornbeefur
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12:38pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Dave mp says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
People like Tenjo should be locked up. Vermin.
I totally agree. My sons greyhound was attacked recently and the vets bill was nearly £1,500, yes £1,500 i couldn't believe it either. Did this Tenjo have to pay vets bills? He should have.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: People like Tenjo should be locked up. Vermin.[/p][/quote]I totally agree. My sons greyhound was attacked recently and the vets bill was nearly £1,500, yes £1,500 i couldn't believe it either. Did this Tenjo have to pay vets bills? He should have. Dave mp
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12:41pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

What happened to his do more like?
What happened to his do more like? Cornbeefur
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4:12pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Walthamster says...

A community order? That'll teach him.

So glad I'm not a police officer. They take the risks and frequently get attacked, then see antisocial thugs walk away from the courts laughing.
A community order? That'll teach him. So glad I'm not a police officer. They take the risks and frequently get attacked, then see antisocial thugs walk away from the courts laughing. Walthamster
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9:32am Tue 12 Feb 13

icareE17 says...

Its time to:

1) Regulate the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, sign the petition today: http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/35692

2) Ban all dogs over 10kg in social housing. Waltham Forest Council should set a precedence & lead the way to keep these maulings at bay.
Its time to: 1) Regulate the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, sign the petition today: http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/35692 2) Ban all dogs over 10kg in social housing. Waltham Forest Council should set a precedence & lead the way to keep these maulings at bay. icareE17
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9:39am Tue 12 Feb 13

myopinioncounts says...

icareE17 says. Ban all dogs over 10kg in social housing. Waltham Forest Council should set a precedence & lead the way to keep these maulings at bay.
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Good point, but I would go further and ban the keeping of any dog in social housing where there is no garden and also if the tenant's rent is paid by the DSS. Pets are luxuries and not to be paid for from benefits.
icareE17 says. Ban all dogs over 10kg in social housing. Waltham Forest Council should set a precedence & lead the way to keep these maulings at bay. ------ Good point, but I would go further and ban the keeping of any dog in social housing where there is no garden and also if the tenant's rent is paid by the DSS. Pets are luxuries and not to be paid for from benefits. myopinioncounts
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10:06am Tue 12 Feb 13

icareE17 says...

Very very good point myopinioncouts. There is no way anyone should have a dog in a property without a garden, and especially not at the taxpayers expense. Agree totally also that if someone's rent is being paid by the DSS there is no way the taxpayer should be funding there dog too in addition for them to do nothing all day.

Unfortunately our tax pounds are actively supporting crime- housing yobs & dangerous dogs. Its quite morally wrong. The taxpayer is literally funding those that in turn terrorize the community- this has got to stop. I thought the Tories would clean this crap up, but am now leaning toward UKIP with high hopes that they will clean this mess up.
Very very good point myopinioncouts. There is no way anyone should have a dog in a property without a garden, and especially not at the taxpayers expense. Agree totally also that if someone's rent is being paid by the DSS there is no way the taxpayer should be funding there dog too in addition for them to do nothing all day. Unfortunately our tax pounds are actively supporting crime- housing yobs & dangerous dogs. Its quite morally wrong. The taxpayer is literally funding those that in turn terrorize the community- this has got to stop. I thought the Tories would clean this crap up, but am now leaning toward UKIP with high hopes that they will clean this mess up. icareE17
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10:11am Tue 12 Feb 13

icareE17 says...

... (meant to type 'their dog')
... (meant to type 'their dog') icareE17
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