A Japanese fighting Akita dog which tried to bite a nine-year-old girl's head off is to be destroyed.
Police officers said the animal, named Diesel, was the 'most dangerous' dog they had ever seen.
The beast had grabbed schoolgirl Amy Hryhoruk and clamped its jaws around her skull after escaping from its home.
Amy's dad Simon, 37, rushed from his house and wrestled the dog off the girl as it attacked her.
Amy needed 20 stitches to her horrific wounds, while her dad had to have operations on his arm and leg.
At the time of the attack, the powerful dog was the responsibility of 60-year-old Nirmal Singh, although it actually belonged to his son Amrit Pal.
Nirmal Singh pleaded guilty to 'allowing a dog to enter a non-public place subsequently causing an injury' contrary to the 1996 Dog Control Act and was fined £750. He was also was ordered to pay kennel costs of £7,653.81, £1,200 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
The dog was seized by the police after the attack, and a judge ruled last Friday that it must be destroyed.
Judge Michael Walsh said: "I have absolutely no hesitation in coming to the conclusion that Diesel is a dangerous dog and that he poses a significant danger to the public in the event of him not being subject to a destruction order."
Akitas are not included in the Dangerous Dogs Act.