A man whose dog bit a police officer has been told to stay out of trouble.
Kevin Ross previously admitted being in charge of the Alsatian when it bit Constable Matthew McKay in Peterhead last year.
A minute later, Ross appeared from a block of flats and put the dog – which was still growling and barking – on a lead.
Constable McKay was bitten on the elbow and had to be taken to Peterhead Community Hospital for treatment.
The officer had been searching for a missing person when he was attacked in the town’s Love Lane on September 26.
The court heard that since the incident, the dog has been muzzled when out in public and that there had been no further incidents.
And defence agent Sam Milligan said his client, of Love Lane, Peterhead, had recently secured employment in the seasonal trade of Christmas trees which would him allow to pay unrelated, outstanding fines.
Sheriff Gary Aitken decided to defer sentence until next year.
He said: “I will defer sentencing for the dangerous dog case due to your good behaviour.”
Ross will appear again on February 12.