A little girl was left with a gaping wound on her cheek that needed stitches when a neighbour’s Doberman attacked.
The violent mauling left Kayci Gay, now six, bleeding and scarred for life.
Little Kayci was attacked by then neighbour Rebecca Hill’s black Doberman in May after she bent down to stroke it while playing in her garden.
Hill, 39, of Newport, Wales, was given a three-month curfew, ordered to pay compensation of £400 and prosecution costs of £620 after the terrifying ordeal.
The district judge also ordered that the dog be muzzled in public places and when amongst children under the age of 16.
But Kayci’s parents Anthony Gay and Hannah Walsh can’t understand why the dog has not been seized or put down.
Anthony, 36, said: ‘The whole experience has been an absolute nightmare.
‘I don’t think my family should have suffered with this, it is absolutely disgusting. I don’t understand why the dog was not seized. At the time I was gobsmacked and could not believe it.
‘I saw it when it happened. All she did was stroke it. She didn’t provoke it in any way.
‘It all seemed to happen in slow motion really. I was putting the recycling out.
‘For days after all I could see was baby girl with her eyes flickering.’
After a violent tussle with the animal, Mr Gay eventually managed to pull his daughter away from the dog.
He said his family has now moved house because of the incident and the affect it has had on his daughter.
‘She is getting better but still gets worried about things that would not have bothered her before,’ he said.
‘Before all of this she was a bubbly little girl.
‘We have moved from there and things have got a little bit better.’