Buddy, the chihuahua, was yesterday ordered to stand trial for biting an Avon lady and faces the death penalty if found guilty.
The Sun previously told how the 13-inch tall dog was collared after allegedly attacking Louise Elliff on her rounds.
Who asked for forgiveness?
Owner Ash Routledge, 30, apologized but now faces up to six months in jail if found guilty of having a dog dangerously out of control. And it may be ruled that Buddy must be destroyed.
Dad-of-three Ash said: “I never expected it to get this far. It’s just ridiculous.
“What happened was a complete accident. Taxpayers’ money will be wasted on a case we could have sorted out among ourselves.
“I didn’t see it, but I took the Avon lady’s word for it and said I was sorry. There are much bigger problems in the world than a tiny chihuahua.”
Louise, 49, claims she was injured by Buddy when she called to collect a catalog in Crook, Co Durham, in November.
She said she was terrified when the dog chased her around the garden, snapping at her legs.
She added: “It took a wad out of my leg, which left me bleeding and with a massive bruise.
“The way it came at me was full-on aggression, and you do not expect that from such a small dog.”
Ash intends to fight the case at Peterlee magistrates’ court on July 14.