A woman has denied a charge of failing to stop a German Shepherd called Gilbert from savaging a young boy in an Angus street.
Marie Dow is facing a summary complaint at Forfar Sheriff Court in relation to an alleged incident near her Brechin home in July which led to the nine-year-old being injured.
Dow, 54, of Provost Buchan Road, Brechin, will face trial later this year after she pled not guilty to a single charge brought under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
It is alleged that she was the owned of a German Shepherd named Gilbert which was dangerously out of control on July 17 at Provost Buchan Road.
The charge states that the dog ran around in a public street, repeatedly barked and behaved in an aggressive manner.
It goes on to allege that the dog ran towards a nine-year-old boy, knocked him to the ground and repeatedly scratched and bit him on the body, and failed to obey her commands.
Dow was not present in court when the case called before Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown on Thursday and a not guilty plea was tendered by her solicitor Michael Boyd.
Trial was fixed for December 16, with an intermediate diet set for November 26.
Courts have the power to order the destruction of a dog in cases involving a conviction when the animal was dangerously out of control, as well as being able to impose measures including keeping a pet on a lead.