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A Dundee dog owner faces jail over his pet's attack

A man is facing jail after his Staffordshire bull terrier escaped from his home, ran across a road disrupting traffic, before attacking a dog walker.

Ian Milne was in charge of the dog when it ran from the house in Denhead of Gray in Dundee.

The 27-year-old from Invergowrie pleaded guilty to a charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Sheriff Donald Ferguson said Mr Milne faced up to six months in jail and destruction of his dog.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard the animal was left unattended and unrestrained by a leash before running across the street.

A driver had to brake to avoid a collision before the animal reached a woman on the other side of the road.

Painful injuries

The dog then bit the woman on the hand and attacked her dog.

Fiscal depute Ross Cargill told the Court: "The complainer received painkillers and antibiotics as a result of the injuries.

"There were puncture wounds to the fleshy part of her hands between the thumb and fingers. There were also injuries to the complainer's dog."

Defence solicitor Ross Donnelly reserved Mr Milne's guilty plea in mitigation for a future sentencing date.

Sheriff Ferguson said: "Given the injury to the complainer I should get background reports.

"We will adjourn the date for those reports and you have to co-operate with the local social work departments."

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