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A MAULING by an American bulldog which left a three-year-old with permanent facial scars saw the dog’s owner avoid jail.

Kirsty Borthwick, 43, of Albert Road, Chichester, was fined a total of £4,303.50 at Worthing Magistrates’ Court, given a suspended prison sentence and banned from owning a dog for 10 years.

The girl and her mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were attacked at the Fishbourne underpass under the A27 on June 17.

The dog has since been destroyed.