A MAN who allegedly did nothing as his dog attacked another pet in the street ended up receiving a fine that was less than the cost of vet bills.

David Simpson, 52, of Duntocher and his dog Hunter were at Asda supermarket in Clydebank in March this year when Hunter attacked - biting a woman and her dog, Rocco.

Mr Simpson was already the subject of a dog control notice stating that Hunter must be muzzled when being walked on a lead.

But the woman, who asked not to be named, told the Post that the dog did not have a muzzle on at the time of the attack.

She said: “My partner went to use the cash machine and he passed Rocco to me.

“The guy was with a woman and they were just standing there and the next minute the dog just went for mine and they still just stood there.

“He let go of the lead when it was attacking, and she had a muzzle in her hand. The dog bit my arm because I was trying to get it away from mine.

“Then they just walked away. A few people phoned the police who had to chase him on a bus.”

Rocco was taken to the PDSA veterinary service in Glasgow for an operation from which it took him around six weeks to fully recover.

Although the woman paid a £50 donation to the charity, the vet bill was £350 - which was £50 more than what Mr Simpson was fined at Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

The woman added: “Rocco’s leg was in a bad way. He couldn’t walk properly, and my arm was in some state.

“He’s anti-social with dogs now, but I don’t blame him.

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“Meanwhile, that man gets away with it. His dog was supposed to have a muzzle on, so I thought he was going to get into a lot of trouble. But nothing will get done until that dog attacks a child.

“We babysit my partner’s granddaughter and say she was there at that time?

“People should be aware so they don’t let their kids or even dogs near them. This was an unprovoked attack and he just walked away.”

Mr Simpson appeared in court on September 6 for sentencing after pleading guilty.

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry decided not to order the destruction of Hunter.

Besides the fine of £300, Mr Simpson’s original dog control notice was revoked and a new one put in its place.