A woman was wildly attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who bit her and fatally attacked her own dog while she was out walking in Prestwich.
Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard Barbara Griffiths was walking with her Shih Tzu dog Daisy when the other animal came out of a property on Woodward Road.
The dog, Megan, had been violent before, and Colin Brady, who took care of it, had ignored warning signs.
During the incident, Megan began to sink her teeth into Daisy and could not be dragged away.
Daisy could be heard screaming in pain because of what was going on.
Several members of the public intervened, but the incident kept going, and Mrs. Griffiths was also bitten by the dog, who was not wearing a collar at the time.
About five minutes into the incident, Colin Brady arrived, taking care of Megan, who belonged to his son, and it ended.
Brady seemed intoxicated when he arrived at the scene.
Daisy died as a result of the injuries, and Mrs. Griffiths demanded treatment at the hospital after the incident last November.
Brady accepted responsibility when police spoke to him, but later denied in court that he had control of the dog, which was dangerously out of control.
Brady, 60, finally pleaded guilty the day a trial was to take place and returned to court to be convicted.
Prosecutor Alistair Reid revealed the impact of the incident on Mrs Griffiths and how Brady had ignored warnings.
He said: “Daisy was taken to the vet and Mrs Griffiths became aware of injuries she had sustained, she had an open wound on her hand.
“She attended accidents and emergencies at Salford Royal Hospital.
“She had broken a finger on her left hand.”
He added that she had left a “permanent deformity” on her finger as a result.
He added: “Brady was interviewed on a voluntary basis.
“He accepted that he was in charge of the dog and had been for three weeks.
“He accepted that the dog had previously crossed the fence several times and attacked other dogs.
“Since the incident, the dog had subsequently attacked another neighbor’s dog.
“The neighbor hit and kicked Megan to stop it.
“They had to get a knife to stab the dog. Megan was later taken to the vets and had to be put down.”
Defender Michael Lea represented Brady from Woodward Road in Prestwich and said he did not intend to ever own a dog again.
He said he never denied that Mrs. Griffiths suffered “great distress as a result of what happened.”
He added that he had poor mental and physical health and could not perform unpaid work.
Judge Tina Landale saved Brady jail for the offense.
She imposed a 16-month sentence, suspended for two years, ordered him to attend the Thinking Skills program, a nine-month alcohol treatment claim and pay £ 300 in damages to Mrs Griffiths.
She also forbade him to keep a dog for life.