A DOG will be put down after it unleashed ‘nasty’ attacks on two people.

David Jones was not in control of his dog when it sank its teeth into a woman and left her bleeding.

Jones, 61, of Richmond Park Road in Bournemouth, punched his dog”as he walked away from the scene and failed to check on the victim, the court heard.

The attack happened last September when Jones was walking Shadow - his Shepherd crossbreed - on Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth.

Prosecuting, Ms Hannah Douglas said: “A woman is crossing the road and she sees the defendant with Shadow on a lead.

“Shadow then jumps up and sinks her teeth into her arm. It starts bleeding”.

The court heard that last August Shadow escaped from the defendant’s home.

While loose outside the property, she bit a man's leg leaving him with a wound that “started bleeding heavily”.

Ms Douglas said the defendant went outside and called his dog back in, but “did not check on the welfare of victim”.

“These were two very nasty incidents," she added.

Shadow was taken by Dorset Police on September 27 and has remained in kennels ever since.

Visiting her following the incidents, a dog officer said Shadow had a “matted coat” and was “showing signs of fear and distress”.

They added it was “clear the owner had no control over the dog”, and it was “pure luck that the bites didn’t end in fatality”.

The court also heard that Jones had been issued with a dog behaviour contract in April last year following “reports of aggression” involving Shadow.

Mitigating, James Moore said the defendant showed “a lot of victim empathy” and denied not checking on their welfare.

Mr Moore said: “He owns what happened and he is so sorry for it.

“He is devastated that people suffered injuries from Shadow and that if he thought this would happen, he would never have taken her out.”

Mr Moore said that Jones had always seen Shadow as a “lovely dog”, however, her “temperament changed” after she had a litter of puppies.

He added that after the first attack, the defendant made the effort to put Shadow on a lead, and then after the second, he muzzled her.

Jones appeared at Poole Magistrates' Court for sentencing on Friday, August 25, having pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog that caused injury on two separate occasions.

He received a sentence of three months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to pay £300 to each victim for their injuries.

An order was made for the destruction of Shadow.