A dog 'savagely' attacked a woman out walking her Shih Tzu after it sank its teeth into her beloved pet's neck and started 'shaking it like a toy'.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier - named Megan - jumped over a garden fence as the woman walked by. The animal grabbed the smaller dog with its teeth.

As the woman tried to separate them, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier the woman’s hand and finger, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

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Despite passers-by rushing to help, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier continued to attack the smaller dog, until owner Colin Brady came out of the house.

Described as 'intoxicated' by the woman, Brady, 60, eventually took his pet away.

The woman's dog, Daisy, was put down following the attack. The animal's owner was left with a disfigured finger.

Brady, of Prestwich, Bury, pleaded guilty to having a dog dangerously out of control.

Prosecuting, Alistair Reid said the woman was walking her Shih Tzu through Prestwich when the Staffordshire Bull Terrier suddenly appeared from behind her and began attacking her dog.

"It sank its teeth into its neck and was shaking it like a toy, she could hear her dog yelping," he said.

"She tried to intervene and to shield her dog, but she was bitten on numerous occasions for several minutes.

"The neighbours tried to intervene and came out to assist, and did separate the dogs, but Megan continued going back to the smaller dog."

After about five minutes, Brady appeared and took the dog.

Brady, 60, is banned from owning dogs in the future

In the following weeks after the attack, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier jumped over the fence again and attacked a neighbour's dog.

The owner of the attacked dog tried to punch and kick the Staffordshire Bull Terrier to stop the attack - and stabbed her with a knife.

The animal has since been put down.

Brady initially apologised and accepted responsibility, but when his case reached court, he claimed the woman had injured her finger during a fall. Evidence later proved that was incorrect.

He has 42 previous convictions for 104 offences including assaults, affray and making threats to kill.

Mitigating, lawyer Michael Lee said his client was looking after his son's dog for three weeks while he was away.

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"He has always accepted that the dog got out of his house and he is responsible for the dog attacking Daisy, which caused her death,” he said.

"He has diminished both mentally and physically over the last seven years.

"He has no intention of ever controlling a dog in the future."

Sentencing, Judge Tina Landale said: “This was a very serious offence of its kind.

"But what happened on that day was that the dog in your control savagely attacked a beloved pet and her owner.

"Neither passers-by nor you could control it - the dog didn’t even have a collar on it and they found it entirely difficult to help.”

Brady, of Woodward Road, was handed a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years; ordered to complete a Thinking Skills Course; ordered to go on a nine-month alcohol treatment programme; and made the subject of a three-month electronically-monitored curfew between 9pm and 6am.

He must also pay £300 compensation to the woman and was banned from owning dogs.

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