The cane corso, a large Italian working dog that can weigh up to seven stone, belonged to a house mate of Gabriel Neghina who decided to walk it because she was on holiday.
But during the 80 metre walk to shops in Sussex Avenue, Canterbury, it lunged at Carol Decarteret and sunk its teeth into her hand.
Canterbury Magistrates heard today that Neghina, of Wincheap, Canterbury, did not own the dog but admitted being in charge of it while it was dangerously out of control.Throw him in jail, destroy the dog and...
Prosecuting, Julie Farbrace said police had been unable to trace the animal. She said: "The belief is that the dog has been returned to Romania.
"Despite letters going out to the person we believe owns the dog, no one has come forward to present evidence.
"The police did not seize the dog and do not know its whereabouts."They sent letters. Well, great for them, not so great for the postman!
Defending, Victoria Urmossy said Neghina, who is studying crime and policing at Canterbury Christ Church University after moving from Romania, thought he was helping his housemates, who were sharing care of the dog while its owner was away.
She said: "It is a very unpleasant incident and this lady obviously suffered serious injury.
"Mr Neghina believes she may have put her hand out to the dog.
"He tried to regain control. He pulled it into the road when he saw it becoming restless but unfortunately a dog of this size was able to pull towards the woman.
"I can truly say he is very remorseful for what happened.
"This is something he had not expected. He thought he was doing a favour by taking it out for a walk.
"He didn't intend for this woman to suffer. He made a wrong decision in taking this dog out. He is a young man working for a better future."Which he hopes to bring into being by disclaiming responsibility, blaming the victim and keeping tight-lipped about the beast's whereabouts?