A POSTWOMAN savaged by a dangerous dog has been left devastated after a court failed to order the animal’s destruction.
Sharon Singer, 47, was left with gaping wounds to her arms and legs after being mauled by the female Doberman while out on her round on July 4.
She has since undergone dozens of operations to repair muscles, tendons, nerves and ligament damage but has been left with no feeling in her left arm.
On Tuesday, the beast’s owner, Julian Palfreyman, was fined £1,000 after admitting owning a dangerous dog at Boston Magistrates’ Court, Lincs.
But despite an appeal from the prosecution, the dog that attacked Sharon – and another of the same owner that was also present – will not be destroyed.
Sharon said: “I’m really disappointed with the judge’s decision and the fact that the dogs will be back to normality.
“I’m a dog lover myself and have two black labs but I would never wish this to happen to anybody else.
“I can’t believe that the dogs have been returned home and not destroyed. It just seems like such a waste of time and tax payers’ money.”
Sharon’s husband David, who also works for Royal Mail added: “Never in my 16 years working as a postie, have I seen something as dangerous as this. I’ve been bitten a couple of times and barked at by dogs but nothing like this.
“My wife and I were both working on that route and we had never seen a dog at that property so she wouldn’t have known the dogs were there.
“The judicial system just seems so wrong to me. It’s added to the torment of this attack.”
Sharon, who had been a postwoman for 19 years, was attacked while delivering mail to Palfreyman’s detached house in Wrangle, Lincs.
The court heard how the mum-of-two let herself in through a gate when she then saw a Doberman she had never seen before, barking at her.
Then without any warning, a second Doberman, called Mezzie, “came from nowhere” and attacked her.
Sharon managed to escape and get into her van before being taken to Boston Pilgrim Hospital, Lincs., by Palfreyman where she spent four days.
But magistrates heard how months after the attack, Sharon still has difficulty sleeping and is still in pain.
Magistrates were asked to order the immediate destruction of the dog however the judge issued a contingent destruction order which effectively acts as a kind of suspended sentence on the dog instead.
The postbox is now outside the property.
Palfreymen was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work for the community and to pay £1,000 compensation to Sharon and court costs of £85.