Curtis, 52, told the hearing at Beverley Magistrates' Court: "The bruises weren't as bad as she's making out, I went to her house and I saw the cuts myself.
"I think the woman is going after me because she is jealous.
"I don't want to use the word jealous, but some of the people where I live see me riding my horse, and they have something against me."Lady, your uncontrolled dog savaged her leg! Where on earth does jealousy come into it?
Curtis began to cry as she told the court she has split up from her husband – a leading agricultural businessman and co-owner of the dog.Well, tears always help, don’t they? You’re clearly the real victim in this, not the woman with the bite wounds…
Chairman of the bench Graham McDonald, said: "We felt initially that Max ought to be given a destruction order. It's clear to us that your dog caused the victim considerable injuries.
"But we have decided Max will only be put down if you do not ensure he is under proper control, on a lead, and fully muzzled at all times while on and off your property."
Curtis was also made to pay £500 compensation, as well as £590 costs and given a 12-month conditional discharge. Mr McDonald told her that a breach of these terms would "without question" result in Max being put down.Prepare another syringe for the owner…