In his mitigation, the defence advocate explained what had been done to try and dissuade the SBT. Included in the list were:-
Bucket of cold water, kettle of hot water, kick in the testicles, swipe across the head with a batten, setting light to the testicles, lifting the dog off the ground by it's tail.. all to no avail
The Police arrived and added to the above list:-
Several strikes to the flanks with a Police batton, another kick in the testicles, THREE Taser strikes, tear-gas spray.
Apparently, it wasn't until the SBT saw another dog, that it decided to drop the Spaniel and make a dash for the second dog, a Bull Mastiff, at which point it was reined in by the owner, before it got near the potential second victim.