Police have charged 38-year-old Sarah Jayne Knutson from Romney Avenue in Columbia, Washington with being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.
The charges come after an incident where a jogger was bitten by two Staffordshire Bull Terriers on October 11th.
She will appear at Sunderland Magistrates Court on November 14.
A North East vet says dog owners feed their pets chocolate - which can be fatal to them - simply because it tastes good to them.
North East vet, Claire Hinchcliff, warns that Easter treats are not for pets, especially dogs.
An animal charity is reminding pet owners not to give their dogs chocolate over Easter, or at any other time, because it can kill them.
The PDSA surveyed thousands of pet owners. In the North East, more than a fifth owned up to feeding their dogs the treat.
Acting Inspector Jim Peel, of Durham & Darlington Police, speaks after dawn raids on suspected illegal puppy farms in County Durham.
Mark Gent of the RSPCA says unlicensed puppy farming is harmful to both the animals and their new owners.
Families are being urged to think hard about whether they can afford a dog before getting one.
In the last 3 years the number of people telling Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter they can't afford their pet has risen by 24%.
Daisy was found as a stray and brought in by the dog warden but no one claimed her.
The Shelter's Chief Executive Leyla Rutter and Daisy came into the studio to talk about how much it costs to own a dog
If you would like more information please contact Leyla Rutter at Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.
Families thinking of getting a pet dog are being urged to check they can afford the new addition in the long term.
Experts are worried more people are abandoning their pets because they don't realise the costs involved with their care.
As David Wood reports, food, pet insurance and visits to the vets add up and can leave people struggling to pay the bills.