The owner of an AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER-CROSS DOG who bit him in the hip, then attacked his partner's arm, has agreed to the animal's destruction.
Matthew James Robertson, 23, had originally opposed the dog, called Ceazer, being destroyed as he was very attached to him and had owned him for two-and-a-half years.
On September 17, the dog attacked Robertson and took a chunk out of his buttock, so he shut him in the lounge of his house.
The dog escaped and went into the front yard, where he attacked Robertson's partner in a two to three minute attack.
Robertson removed the dog's locked jaw from her arm, and in court on Monday said that if he had not done that she would have lost her arm.
She has an option of undergoing plastic surgery for the puncture wounds on her arm, he said.
The dog has been in Christchurch City Council's animal shelter since October 2015.
Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O'Driscoll said the law was clear that upon conviction of the owner there must be an order for destruction of the dog, unless there were exceptional reasons for the attack.
He sentenced Robertson to 80 hours community work, and to pay reparation for the cost of looking after the dog of $1008 to the Christchurch City Council.