A DANGEROUS dog, which attacked a woman, is to be destroyed.
Pit bull terrier Red will now be put down after being deemed dangerous and owner Ian Ross (pictured), 34, was judged not to be of a fit character to be her owner.
Red attacked Charlie Dickens earlier in the year in an unprovoked incident.
Defence solicitor Jolyon Tuck presented photographs of the dog in various Christmas outfits to magistrates sitting in Torquay.
He said the animal was a 'family pet' and the isolated incident was 'taken out of context' and had been caused after Ross moved into shared temporary accommodation.
Charlie Dickens offered Ross a bed while she was on holiday, but on returning to the flat the dog started to growl and attacked, the court heard.
She told Red 'not to be so silly' but it locked on to her arm with her teeth and wouldn't let go.
It was only when a grandmother reacted to the incident and punched the dog in the nose that the dog finally let go.
Paramedics were called and the victim saw her T-shirt was covered in blood as she wrapped her arm to stem the bleeding.
She was given 18 stitches and internal stitches for a four inch wound on her arm and 10 stitches in her leg for a wound the size of £2 coin.
The grandmother also sustained a small cut to her finger.
Ross, 34, from York Gardens, Paignton, had previously admitted owning a dog covered by the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Prosecutor Chris Bittlestone said: "The dog remains aggressive and difficult to handle.
"Two months after the attack it is clear it has behavioural issues".
Canine specialist PC James Johnson said: "The dog possesses characteristics of a pit bull type.
"He still backs into a corner and is snapping a bit. You would expect the animal to settle within 72 hours — to understand this is reality and a new home. The dog hasn't done this. We are still unable to put a slip lead on".
Magistrates were told Ross had previous convictions including possession of cannabis.
Chairman of the bench, Col Gerald Arnold, sentenced Ross to a 12-month supervision order and ordered the destruction of the dog, £500 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.