A woman whose large Japanese Akita was accused of biting a boy of six on the arm and leg at a Towyn caravan site hopes to persuade a court not to impose a death sentence on the dog.

Magistrates at Llandudno heard the boy needed hospital treatment.

Pauline Pilling, aged 52, of Vista Road, Haydock, had warned children not to go near the pet called Inca, prosecutor James Neary said.

He remarked: "That would tend to suggest she knows about the nature of this particular dog.”

Mr Neary said the court would also need to consider whether she was a “fit and proper” person to have control of the dog.

Pilling admitted being in charge of the dog which was dangerously out of control and injured the child.

Defence solicitor Carla Forfar said the Akita had been to a dog behaviour expert. The boy had been playing with other children when the pet “snapped” in July.

The case was adjourned until December.