Mr Harrison said a report from a dog expert identified two 'plausible' explanations; either Rocky had felt threatened and reacted, or that children had ice creams and the dog had tried to bite one and caught the victim's face.
He added: 'There was no sustained attack, it was a lunge.
'Ultimately, the report concludes, if properly managed the dog isn't a danger.'Thankfully, the JPs decided differently, and sentenced the mutt to a one-way trip to a vet. The feckless owner won't see a minute of jail time, though. When do they ever?
He was also ordered to pay the young girl £1,500 in compensation, a £128 victim surcharge, £185 in legal costs as well as the £2,500 cost of keeping Rocky in the kennels.
The chances of seeing a penny of that are slim in the extreme.
I'm assuming that's a mangled attempt at a 'collapsed lung', but who knows?