A COWDENBEATH pensioner’s dog ran out of control before attacking another dog and biting its owner.

Antonius Pruijsten, 71, of Glenfarg Crescent, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

A destruction ordered was considered but not imposed.

Pruijsten admitted that on October 19 last year, at High Street, Cowdenbeath, he was the owner of a Dogue de Bordeaux, which was dangerously out of control, was allowed to roam free from its lead and attacked, bit and dragged another dog then bit that a man on the body, to his injury.

Depute fiscal Lauren Pennycook said the man who was injured had been walking a friend’s dog at the time.

At around 2pm, he was walking towards the High Street when he saw Pruijsten with two dogs but only one was on a lead.

The Dogue de Bordeaux then attacked the other dog, described in court as a “staffy”, dragging it around “with considerable force”, said the depute.

The man intervened and was bitten on the left hand, which started to bleed.

The court was told Pruijsten did nothing to intervene in the incident, making no attempt to restrain his dog. The man had to go the hospital for a tetanus injection.

The court was told by defence solicitor Laura Mclaughlin that Pruijsten could not intervene as he was holding a pup on a lead while the older dog was walking free as normal at that spot.

Sheriff Alison Michie ordered Pruijsten to pay £250 to the man who was bitten and £50 to the owner for vet costs.