A TINY pup called Precious has been branded a dangerous dog after nipping a cop’s leg.
Now the two-year-old chihuahua-cockapoo cross must be muzzled outside or faces being destroyed.
But owner Mary Folden insisted: “You only have to look at her to realise she’s completely harmless. She’s such a softy.”
Precious was accused of biting a female PC at Mary’s home in Workington, Cumbria, when she arrived to interview her adult son as a witness in an investigation.
Mary, 48, said: “I asked her to wait while I got my son.
“I warned her not to go into the living room because Precious and her brothers and sister were in there and they can get excitable. She went in regardless, and got a nip. There were some little bruises on her leg. I apologised and thought that would be the end of it.”
She was stunned when cops told her she was being prosecuted under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act.
Magistrates fined her £120 and ordered her to pay £250 compensation to the cop.
Last night Cumbria Police said: “Regarding the Act, the size of the dog doesn’t matter, it’s if a dog isn’t under control. The officer received multiple puncture wounds requiring hospital treatment.”