A GERMAN Shepherd dog circled a mum and her daughter before attacking them and biting the ten-year-old girl, a court heard.
The sleeve of the youngster’s jacket was torn in the terrifying incident and she suffered a huge bruise on her arm.
The three-year-old animal then ran off, chased by its owner’s son Zain Rasul, Livingston Sheriff Court was told.
The incident happened outside the 20-year-old student’s home in Maplewood Park, Livingston, on June 5 last year.
Rasul initially denied being the owner of a dog which was dangerously out of control but pleaded guilty to an amended charge yesterday.
Gillian Taylor, defending, said the dog belonged to Rasul’s mother.
She said: “It’s a big dog but she’s not concerned in respect of the dog being dangerous.
“Mr Rasul’s sister has recently had a baby and the dog has coped really well with the baby being in the house.
“The dog is very attentive and if the baby makes a sound it will alert the owner.”
Sheriff John Halley fined Rasul £400 and allowed him to pay the fine at £50 a month.