“She suffered very serious and significant injuries that have required long-term medical treatment and has been left understandably psychologically traumatised.

“A number of nearby members of the public bravely went to her aid and managed to get the dog off her and I would like to pay tribute to the courage and community spirit they displayed during this incident.

“The lengthy prison term that Cleary has received should serve as a stark reminder to others of how seriously offences such as this will be treated, and we hope it will provide some level of reassurance to the victim who is having to live with the consequences of his irresponsible actions.”