A DOG owner whose pets savaged a pizza delivery driver has admitted the animals were dangerously out of control.

Blackburn Magistrates' Court head how a Bullmastiff and a Staffordshire bull terrier belonging to Lynda Taylor attacked Mohammed Farhan Siddeeq in February this year.

Mr Siddeeq, who lost conciousness during the incident, required four hours of surgery on his arm and leg injuries and missed his brother's wedding as a result.

The court was told how Mr Siddeeq claimed he heard a man's voice shout 'get in' moments before the dogs pounced on him.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said the victim had asked to collect the £10 owed for the meal he delivered when Taylor said she would go and get it, leaving the door open.

Miss Allan said: "She opened an internal door and stood looking at the delivery man as the two dogs ran out and attacked him.

"The first dog jumped up and went for his throat and as he put his arm up to protect himself the dog bit his arm and locked on."

Gareth Price, defending, said his client had no previous convictions and considered herself a responsible dog owner.

"It will be my client's intention to seek the return of the dogs on the basis they are not a danger to the public," said Mr Price.

Taylor, of Rothesay Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to two charges of owning a dog which was dangerously out of control resulting in injuries.

She was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court to be sentenced after the magistrates ruled their powers of punishment were insufficient.

Miss Allan said Mr Siddeeq had suffered 'significant injuries' and the incident had left him physically and psychologically scarred.

She added: "As far as he was concerned this was a life changing attack.

"He has been left with permanent scars and will need plastic surgery. He used to work to support his family, as a sales rep during the day and a delivery driver at night, but has had to give up both jobs because he is frightened to go out.

"If he sees a dog he has to cross the road. He says he suffers from nightmares and wakes up in a sweat as a direct result of this incident."