A mum whose 14-month-old baby girl was bitten by a Rottweiler cross-breed as they walked to a park today spoke of her horror.
The terrified tot and her two-year-old brother were shielded by their 26-year-old mum as the loose dog approached them in May this year.
The dog, named Trevor, ran at the toddler and jumped up and bit her cheek as she was scooped up by her mum.
Doctors told the family if its teeth had sank in any further it would have “ripped her cheek off”.
Today her mum, a nursery worker, said: “I don’t think any dogs should be off the lead in public. I don’t mind dogs as long as they are on a lead, but if they aren’t you don’t know what’s going to happen, especially when it comes to children.
“She wasn’t in her pram, we were just walking to the park and my son was running ahead. I saw the dog and shouted him back and, as he did, the dog started running at her. It caught her cheek as it jumped up. It wouldn’t leave my feet. “I shouted for my partner and he ran down the alley screaming at it.
“Thankfully it backed off.
“I’m just glad the dog won’t be able to do it again.”
Owner Julie Salisbury, 50, of Villiers Court, Preston, admitted having a dog dangerously out of control. She was banned from keeping dogs for five years and must do 300 hours unpaid work.
Salisbury has three weeks to appeal the court’s order to destroy Trevor, and two weeks to rehome her other dog.
PC Katie Johnson said: “This case should serve as a warning to other dog owners to make sure they are in control of their pets.”