A FORMER doorman has been warned he could face jail after his illegal dog attacked a mother.
Waheed Akhtar had her face ripped open by the pitbull-type dog – and Huddersfield magistrates were told she has been left permanently disfigured.
Ms Akhtar, 26, suffered severe facial injuries when she was attacked by a pit bull-type dog on her Lockwood street in March.
At Huddersfield Magistrates Court yesterday, Wiqas Mahmud, 29, of Lockwood, admitted owning the dog which attacked the mother-of-two as she pushed her baby in a pram to the park.
His brother Shahid Mahmud, 35, of Golcar, was cleared of all charges.
Julian Briggs, prosecuting, said Wiqas Mahmud (pictured) had been in his yard tending to the dog called Troy when the animal broke its tether and ran off into Upper Mount Street.
The court heard that a few moments later the dog bit Ms Akhtar on the leg causing her to fall.
The dog, an illegal Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross, then bit Ms Akhtar on the face tearing off her cheek.
Her sister Shaheen said at the time: “She will never look the same again.”
Mr Briggs said Mahmud, a man working nearby and others had to beat the animal repeatedly over the head with a shovel and other objects before it let go.
Ms Akhtar was taken to hospital with serious injuries. She spent several days in hospital and was given a skin graft from her thigh by specialists at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Mr Briggs said: “The large part of her face was ripped, leaving a bloody mess where her cheek was.
“This lady has had terrible injuries with a lot of permanent disfigurement.
“An expert has said the dog showed the hallmarks of being a prohibited Staffordshire Bull Terrier.”
In mitigation, Mr Marnat Ali said Mahmud was ‘mortified’ by the damage the dog had caused.
He added Mahmud and his vet had believed his dog was a legal breed.
Mr Ali said: “He is very remorseful and apologetic for the injuries the complainant sustained but this was not a deliberate act.
“It was an accident. The chain broke. It is extremely unfortunate.
“Before my client had the chance to put a muzzle on the dog, the dog got away.”
Bench chairman Paul Hollingdale told Mahmud: “We have a whole six months of custody if we feel it is appropriate.
“We are taking into account the permanent facial injuries caused to the lady in question, though we accept you did not knowingly have an illegal dog.”
Mahmud, who admitted being the owner of a dangerously out of control dog, was bailed to appear for sentence at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on August 25.