A DANGEROUS dog which attacked a boy of 13 has been spared after it was revealed it was on a course of canine therapy.
Staffordshire bull terrier Winston left his victim with puncture wounds on his legs after breaking free from his owner's lead.
But magistrates in Dewsbury granted the dog a stay of execution.
They decided not to destroy it after hearing it was having `dog therapy' to control its anger.
The boy was walking through a Dewsbury park with a friend last November 15.
At the same time dog owner Simon Paul Rigby-Wilson, 24, of Dewsbury, lost control of Winston, the court heard.
Prosecutor Stephen Fox said: "The dog came haring past both friends, chasing after another dog.
"Then the dog seemed to be preoccupied with the two friends. It was a frightening experience.
"They then threw a stick for the dog and they ran.
"But the dog chased after the children and the boy got left behind. The dog jumped up and sank its teeth in."
The victim's father was told Winston was loose, so he apprehended it after a couple found it.
Mr Fox said: "The father put the dog in a phone box and called the police. The dog was getting upset in the phone box, so he put it in his car.
"He waited three hours for a policeman to arrive. The dog did not care for its prison and caused £900 damage."
Rigby-Wilson said: "My dog is going to Dogs R Fun in Stanley, Wakefield, for therapy and I sent a letter to the lad to say how sorry I am."
Dogs R Fun owner Lynne Greaves said: "Dangerous dogs can be treated.
"You cannot make any dog perfect, but you can reduce its chances of hurting or reacting to a person."
Ms Greaves, who has spent nearly a decade treating problem dogs, carries out photonic therapy using infra-red light waves, a treatment similar to acupuncture.
She also uses pressure point massage techniques, which can instantly calm a dog's temper.
Rigby-Wilson pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control in a public place and injuring a person.
Magistrates ordered the dog to be kept under control and wear a muzzle in a public place. Rigby-Wilson was ordered to pay £600 compensation to the victim, with no separate compensation for damage to the car.