THE fate of a dangerous dog and its owner have been put on hold again for more investigations.

Emma Oliver, 27, of Townend Road, Dumbarton, previously admitted allowing her Serbian defence dog, Kizer, to be out of control. It attacked a Cockapoo known as Douglas in Strathclyde Road on January 15, 2019.

It repeatedly bit the dog and refused to let go, and caused the dog’s owner to fear for their own safety. A dog control notice had been served on Oliver just weeks earlier, on December 11.

A not guilty plea was accepted to a charge of Kizer repeatedly biting and killing a dog, Max, on September 18, 2018, within the grounds of Langcraigs Nursing Home, on Gooseholm Road.

The Crown also accepted Oliver was not guilty of failing to have a muzzle or secure lead on Kizer on December 11 near the nursing home and Townend Road.

Social work reports were not prepared and Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said he was considering sending Oliver to prison to ensure social workers could interview her.

Defence solicitor Gordon Nicol said his client’s life was “very complicated and very complex”, with three children in care, and having received a letter for her social work appointment less than 30 minutes beforehand.

She also misread the address of the interview as the municipal building in Dumbarton.

Oliver was said to be moving to Ashton View, Dumbarton, and was applying to move to Stirlingshire.

The sheriff said: “This case seems to be coming at the bottom of her concerns.”

He continued: “She’s the one causing all the problems. She’s the reason we didn’t have the report last time. She was the reason we don’t have the report this time.”

A report on the dog will require an independent expert, Mr Nicol added.

Sheriff Hendry told Oliver: “I’m totally unimpressed by your conduct. You have repeatedly failed to do what is required of you.” Sentence was adjourned until June 28.