A DUMBARTON woman who is accused of having an out of control dog which killed two sheep near her home has had her case continued without plea.

Jacqueline Wintersgill told Sheriff Maxwell Hendry she planned on representing herself as she intended to plead guilty and therefore assumed she did not need legal representation.

However, Sheriff Hendry instructed the 51-year-old, who appeared in the dock at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on February 6, that she was still able to hire a solicitor.

Ms Wintersgill, of Garshake Road, is accused of owning an Akita Rottweiller cross which worried livestock, namely sheep, by being at large within a field, chasing them in a way as might reasonably be expected to cause injury or suffering and attacking two sheep causing their death.

The alleged incident is said to have taken place near Maryland Farm on Garshake Road on August 30, last year.

She is also accused of being subject to a dog control notice on May 9, 2016, at Maryland Farm requiring dog to be muzzled at all times when off lead but having the dog not muzzled.

The case has been continued to March 6 to allow Ms Wintersgill to obtain legal representation.

West Dunbartonshire Council recently issued a warning to dog owners to keep their pets under control during lambing season, which can start as early as January and run until May.