A man has admitted being in charge of a dog that viciously mauled a woman's face.
Scott Sehman could be jailed after the Japanese Akita attacked the female in South Shields on August 26 last year.
The victim suffered life-threatening injuries and required hospital treatment.
At Newcastle Crown Court Sehman, 32, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog which caused injury while dangerously out of control.
The case was adjourned for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and will be back in court in August.
Judge Simon Batiste granted Sehman bail in the meantime.
But the judge warned: "I make no promises as to what the sentence will be.
"All sentencing options will remain open to the court."
Sehman was warned he must co-operate with the probation service who will prepare the report on him.
Firearms officers shot the dog, believed to be called Marley, dead after police were alerted to the incident.