MAGISTRATES have imposed strict conditions on a woman’s ownership of her pet dog after she admitted that she allowed it to be dangerously out of control in Carlisle city centre.

Records from the city's Rickergate Magistrates' Court confirm that Roxanne Margaret Irving's pet Staffordshire bull terrier – called Maisy – was out of control on December 12 last year.

The court heard that the dog was loose in the city centre, barking at people and being aggressive to members of the public.

Irving accepted that in the past her dog had "nipped" people at her flat as a result of it being “overprotective.”

Magistrates ordered that the dog will have to be destroyed if in future it can not be kept under proper control.

They ordered a number of conditions which must be met in order to control the dog.

These include the following: that Maisy must be muzzled whenever in a public place; the dog must be kept on a short lead when in public; and the dog must also be microchipped.

The defendant was told that her dog must not be taken out into any public place by any person aged under 16.

In addition, Irving was fined £80, with £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Magistrates said that their sentence took the defendant's guilty plea into account.