A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: 'The dog was seized because it had characteristics similar to that of a Pit Bull Terrier which is a banned breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
'The animal was housed in kennels and assessed by a dog expert. It was acknowledged that it was a cross-breed and had shown no previous signs of aggression, so was therefore returned to the owner on an interim basis.'Just weeks later, a student walking his dog paid the price.
Also the kitchen worker who came to his aid, and then its owner and her father, before armed cops showed up to do what they should have done in the first place.
Judge Tim Gittins sentenced Porteous to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with 80 hours unpaid work.*sighs*