A DOG could be put down if its owner fails to keep it under control.

Maxine Chapman failed to keep her dog, called Tank, “under proper control” near her home in Craven Road in Brighton.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s animal warden brought a prosecution against her at the magistrates’ court last month.

They said Chapman was an “owner of a dog which was dangerous and was not kept under proper control”.

She has agreed to a court order stating six actions she must take, otherwise Tank could be put down. He must be muzzled while outside her home, even in a garden.

He must be kept on a lead no longer than six feet away, and can only be walked by her, Jack Chapman, or a trained dog behaviour expert.

Chapman must get insurance to cover £5 million of liability, and get Tank microchipped. The dog must also be castrated if this has not already happened, and proof from the vet must be given to the council.

Chapman was ordered to pay £300 in costs at Brighton Magistrates’ Court by chairman Meryl Cumber.