A PET owner has been ordered to keep his “dangerous” Staffordshire bull terrier under control after it attacked another dog in Christchurch.

Robin Wright, of Hurst Close in Walkford, pleaded guilty to one count of not keeping a dog under proper control at Poole Magistrates' Court on September 30.

The case was brought by Christchurch council after Wright’s dog, Ronnie, attacked another dog being walked on a lead between Windham Road and Glenville Road on May 5.

The incident breached a signed undertaking Wright had made to the local authority on October 27 last year. The agreement was made due to other complaints of the dog being dangerous and out of control in the Walkford area.

Magistrates ordered Wright to keep Ronnie under proper control in public places and to walk him on a short lead attached to a robust collar ensuring the dog is wearing a suitable muzzle.

Ronnie is only allowed to be off the lead in large open spaces where no other dogs are present.

Wright was ordered to pay costs of £50.

Steve Duckett, the council’s head of health and housing, said: “This is the second time we have had to deal with this dog owner because of the dangerous way his dog has behaved.

“Mr Wright needs to make sure that Ronnie is kept under proper control so that no further attacks take place.”