A postman needed more than four months off his work after a dog chewed his leg to the bone on his round.
Andrew Barton tried to fend off Bruno the Staffordshire bull terrier who attacked him for a minute in Glasgow’s Milton last February.
Mr Barton suffered a five-inch wound which required 15 stitches.
Stephanie Colquhoun, who was watching her partner’s dog, pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to being in charge of Bruno who was dangerously out of control and bit Mr Barton to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.
The 28-year-old told police Bruno had been aggressive in the days leading up to the attack after he was ambushed by two neighbours’ dogs.
The court heard the postman was delivering a parcel to Ms Colquhoun who answered the door.
Prosecutor Sarah Latta said: “The dog was able to push past her and began to attack Mr Barton by biting him on the leg.
“He tried to get the dog to release his grip by moving his leg and aiming kicks but Bruno wouldn’t let go.”
Ms Colquhoun also tried to intervene as the incident carried on “for a minute or so”.
The dog was taken away from the flat by Ms Colquhoun’s partner as she tended to Mr Barton with bandages.
A 999 call was made and Mr Barton was taken to hospital for treatment to a wound to his left calf.”
Miss Latta added: “It was five to six centimetres deep and five inches in length.
“The wound had gone down to the bone and Mr Barton was left with a puncture wound on the other leg.
“He had to have 15 stiches and has been left permanently scarred.
“He was off work until 30 June 2020 doing office duties.”
Paul Sutherland, defending, told the court: “This is a serious matter which will have had profound consequences on the man doing his job.”
Sheriff Paul Crozier will consider whether the dog will have to be put down at next month’s sentencing.
Colquhoun – who is in a wheelchair from ill-health – was granted bail meantime.