A MOTHER had her three children taken into foster care after two of them were bitten by her boyfriend's Staffordshire bull terrier.
The 32-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in front of North Devon magistrates charged with two counts of ill-treating her children.
The court heard the alarm was raised following a visit from a social worker who realised two of the children had been bitten by a dog.
Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, explained the woman had already been advised not to have the dog at her address in Barnstaple as it was aggressive and should not be around children.
The first incident occurred on October 18 last year when one of the children was bitten.
The second child was also bitten just three days later.
All three children were removed from the family home and placed into foster care following the incident.
The dog was subsequently put down.
Mrs Baker described the woman as subjecting her children to "short-term neglect."
The woman pleaded guilty on a basis to the offences.
Her case was adjourned until September 6 for probation reports to be prepared.