THE FATE of a Southampton family's dog will be decided today.

Southampton magistrates heard how Keizer, a three-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier owned by Michaela Ryves, was responsible for a number of attacks on other dogs.

As previously reported Ms Ryves, of Bassett Green Drive, made a heartfelt plea for Keizer to be spared being put down after magistrates raised concerns over her behaviour towards other dogs.

Southampton magistrates said they were considering ordering that the dog be put down in light of the evidence before them.

They adjourned the case on Friday to allow the mother-of-five, who is heavily pregnant, to plead her case in court today .