MAGISTRATES have imposed a conditional discharge on a 58-year-old Wigton man whose dog injured somebody while it was "dangerously out of control."

Frank Gate, of Highmoor Park, pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared at Carlisle's Rickergate court.

The court heard that it happened on August 10 last year in Wigton.

The dog involved was a Patterdale terrier called Alfie.

After hearing the details of the offence, magistrates spared Alfie's life - but they warned that the dog will be destroyed if he is not in future kept under proper control.

To ensure this, in future, the dog will have to wear a muzzle whenever it is in a public place or on private property to prevent it from biting another person.

It must also be kept on a lead whenever it is in a public place.

The defendant was told he must pay £150 compensation to the female Alfie injured, as well as a £22 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.