A dog that mauled 10-year-old boy in England has been spared after it was found the Staffordshire bull terrier was given strong beer shortly before the attack.
The dog named Diesel, owned by 24-year-old James Holmes, attacked Joe Pickering on July 2 after the boy leant over a fence towards the animal.
Joe was gouged over his right eye and needed stitches, and a skin graft to repair the damage.
But it was found that Mr Holmes' girlfriend's uncle, Paul Ashworth, had taken Diesel out for a walk during the afternoon without permission.
When he returned to his Colne home, he poured some Stella Artois beer into Diesel's mouth because it was panting.
Minutes later, Diesel attacked Joe.
The police tried to bring a civil case against Mr Jones but were unsuccessful because it happened on private property. But police used the Dangerous Dogs Act to take him to court for failing to keep Diesel under control.
"I just want to keep my dog. I'll do everything the court asked," Mr Jones said.
The court spared the dog from destruction because of all the progress made since the attack, including Diesel's sessions with a dog psychologist.
"I can't recommend the uncle be put down but I'll plead strongly on the dog's behalf," said animal psychologist, David Gilman.
Joe's father, Paul Pickering, was furious the dog had been allowed to live.
"What kind of behaviour is it to give strong lager to a dog like that?" he said.
"It's obviously a dangerous animal and it should have been dealt with as such."