A DELIVERY worker was bitten repeatedly by an out of control French bulldog as he fled a front garden.

The worker was attacked by the dog, named Percy Moo Moo, after attending a home in Braintree to pick up a parcel.

Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard the worker ventured into the front garden of the address in February.

Ann Saunders, 60, answered the door, before the dog “immediately” ran out and launched an attack on the victim.

The court heard the dog first jumped up and bit him on the right hand.

As the victim retreated, the dog continued to attack, biting him on the right thigh and shin area.

Pretty Barber, prosecuting, said: “The victim has retreated out of the front garden but the dog was still continuing to bark at the victim.

“The dog then bit the victim on the right foot and had hold of the victim’s foot in its mouth.

“The victim then physically kicked out to release the dog’s grip.”

The court heard Saunders “made no attempt” to gain control of the dog.

The victim suffered bleeding from his right thigh and shin, as well as some swelling.

He had to pay a visit to hospital, where the injuries were cleaned and dressed. He was given a tetanus shot and antibiotics.

Officers attended the address to seize the dog and noted the dog was “extremely aggressive” towards them.

One officer noted the dog “nipped” at their hand at one stage.

In police interview, Saunders denied she was aware the dog had bitten the victim.

Saunders, of Hillyfields, Loughton, admitted being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury.

Gavin Burrell, mitigating, said Percy Moo Moo belonged to the defendant's son,

He said his client had been looking after the dog and her grandchild at her son’s address in Braintree.

Mr Burrell said the victim, a delivery worker, had seemed to “shrug off” what happened.

He added the victim’s reaction at the scene did not lead Saunders to realise he had been bitten.

He said: “The defendant isn’t someone who is responsible for training Percy or responsible for his temperament.”

Mr Burrell further said there had been no previous “bad experiences” with the dog to suggest an incident of such a nature may occur.

He said Saunders believed she had shut a door which would prevent the dog from escaping into the front garden.

Magistrates ordered Saunders to pay a £409 in fines, court costs and compensation to the victim.

They imposed a contingent destruction order, meaning Percy Moo Moo will be put down if his owner does not keep him muzzled and on a lead at all times in public. He must also not be walked by anyone under the age of 16.