A mum who had chunks ripped from her arm after her American Bully bit her 25 times, has defended the breed and says it is not dangerous.
Stephanie Jones, 32, from South Wales, purchased the puppy named Chase after messaging a botched seller on Snapchat.
She was rushed to hospital following the horrific attack by the six-month-old dog and says she failed to spot the warning signs when she purchased him.
The mum-of-three claims the breeder keeps dozens of dogs in shocking conditions, which she was unaware of because he stopped her from entering his home.
Stephanie, who lives near Swansea, went to collect the 10-week-old puppy in April last year for £3000, reports the Mirror.
She said: “He literally came out to me by the car, passed the puppy through the car window and promised to send all the paperwork in the post and I never received anything. I’ve learned my lesson.”
The mum later spoke to people who knew the breeder and was told he is unlicensed and there are “crates upon crates in the house of just dogs locked away, used for breeding”.
After taking Chase home, Stephanie had noticed a large scar on his ear which the breeder told her must have been done by the dog’s mother.
Later the first night, the puppy started to have a seizure-like fit and she rushed him to an emergency vet.
She had arranged to pay for Chase through a payment plan and he was initially supposed to cost £4,000.
But the breeder agreed to knock this down to £3,000 due to the health concerns she raised.
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She began to hear more rumours about the breeder, including that he was breeding dogs from the same litters and questioned him about the outstanding paperwork and proof of his licence to breed.
“He sent me threatening voice calls and voicemails saying if I ever went to anyone about him that he knows where I live,” Stephanie said.
Later in the year, Chase suddenly went for the family’s Caviler King Charles Spaniel, Lola, and the two dogs were kept apart from then.
Then in August he went for Stephanie’s other Bully, Cookie, who was around 18-months at the time, in front of her kids, who are aged four, five and seven.
Stephanie stepped in and grabbed his collar. He was put to sleep after the attack.
“He went mad, he’s bitten me 25 times on my arms,” she said. “He put me in hospital and I had both my arms flushed out then I caught cellulitis in hospital as well.”
But Stephanie said Cookie had only been interested in protecting the children during the attack and got between them and the aggressive dog.
She said people are “shocked” that she kept Cookie after the attack, but insists: “You can’t tar them all with the same brush.
"She’s literally my best friend. If I thought anything negative about this dog I wouldn’t have her round my children.
“If it’s anyone who should be against Bullies, it should be me after what he’s done to me. They are not all the same, 100%.”
In contrast, Cookie came from a “beautiful house” and Stephanie was invited inside and given the paperwork there and then.
Referring to when she bought Chase, she said: “It’s just ridiculous when I look back. I was very stupid.
“I should have thought more into it. I thought it’s a lovely puppy and took it home.”
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