Liam and Michael McLoughlin knew the female American Bulldog had previously attacked another child.
Michael was hit with a dog control order earlier this year and warned how to manage the two-year-old, called Lola.
But she struck again when a girl knocked on the door of their home in Stoneridge Court, Beechwood, Wirral on May 5.If the police had dealt with this properly the first time, there's wouldn't have been a next time. But it's a very familiar story.
At least this time, the second - totally unnecessary - victim isn't dead, just scarred for life...
The girl is now "incredibly fearful of dogs" and her family described the ordeal as very upsetting.
They later learned the McLoughlins contacted police that day and contributed to a fee to have Lola put down.'Contributed to'..? FFS! Who paid the rest? I bet I know...
The mutt should have been despatched by firearms officers then and there at the house.
Michael admitted failing to have Lola insured - one of the requirements of the order - for financial reasons.And because no-one ever checks that court conditions are adhered to. Because they simply mark it 'job done' once the conditions are passed, and then move on to the next criminal chav case...
Michael has four convictions for 12 offences, all related to drug and driving matters. Liam has seven convictions for 13 offences, including assault and alcohol-linked offences.Of course they do. These types always do. And they always have a hired mouthpiece to sing their sob stories for the judge...
Ms Griffin said Liam had a job and a flat of his own, but would lose both if he was jailed. She said Michael had three children and was "extremely concerned" about the impact of him being jail upon them.
Ms Griffin said Michael suffered from gastric issues and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She said he had been let go from two jobs because of his health issues and was on benefits.
Ms Griffin said neither of the brothers intended to keep dogs ever again.Strapped for cash, ill, 'unable to work' yet able to keep and feed large powerful dogs. And neither of them looks like they've missed any meals themselves...
Judge Robert Warnock said the consequences of their actions were "graphically" illustrated.
The judge said: "It must have been a terrifying experience for that girl.
"It came about in my view because of the respective irresponsibility of each of you and selfish disregard to the control order and the obvious dangerous nature of that dog."So it's bang to rights, straight to jail?
He said if they had been convicted after a trial he would have jailed them, but their guilty pleas, remorse and behaviour since made it possible for him to spare them prison.
Judge Warnock gave them 16 months in jail, suspended for two years, a 15-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 200 hours of unpaid work.
He banned the brothers from owning a dog for life and told them each to pay £500 in compensation to their victim.What the hell was the point of the police whining and pleading and excusing their lack of action on these menaces because the Dangerous Dogs Act didn't give them enough powers?
It was amended, to give them more powers. Yet they still aren't using them.
At what point do we admit the problem isn't with chavs and their mutts, but with the authorities who prove unable to protect us?