A boy suffered horrific injuries after he was bitten on the face by a dog while taking a Snapchat selfie.
The 11-year-old had to have 21 stitches after Digby, a husky, attacked him, Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard.
Stuart Harris, 45, has now pleaded guilty to having a dangerously out of control dog and been ordered to have the dog put down.
The boy was friends with Harris’s son when the attack happened in Chelmsford.
The boy was sat on the sofa when Digby jumped up next to him and as he took the picture he was attacked.
Speaking to the court last week his mother said: ‘He now has a great fear of dogs, especially bigger dogs, which he never had before. We have to cross the road now if we see one coming.
‘If he goes round friend’s houses who have dogs they have to be put in cages because his friends know he has a fear of them.
‘He’s very self-conscious of the scar on his face and when people ask about it he feels very awkward and embarrassed. He doesn’t want his photo taken unless you can’t see the scar.’
Harris is appealing against the destruction order for the dog, and has 21 days to put a case together to go back before magistrates.
Blasting Harris’ lack of remorse the family added: ‘I have only just received a text from Mrs Harris apologising for what happened and for the awful comments made on social media.
‘As parents and because of the seriousness of my son’s injuries, we felt it our duty to report the attack. We would not have been able to forgive ourselves if this happened again to another child.
‘Our son’s injuries were horrific enough and an attack like this on a younger child could prove fatal.
‘No other family should have to be put through this traumatic and devastating ordeal.’
Magistrates also handed Harris 200 hours of community work, and was ordered to pay the victim £5,000, as well as £170 to the court.