Dog on Dog Attack – Park Farm
Many of you have copied me in with the social media threads regarding a dog on dog attack last week on the Green Wheel toward the bottom of Havelock Drive. The injuries were so severe that tragically, the poor pet had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering.
It’s absolutely heartbreaking that such an attack could have happened to a deeply loved pet and member of the family and I can totally understand just how this horrible incident has escalated because of the horror and grief experienced and the anger now being directed at the owner of the other dog involved.
I have spoken to the dog warden at length today and she has requested that anyone with information regarding the owner should let her know so as she can visit, speak to the owner and assess the dog in question.
Please call her Monday to Friday 9am-5pm on 07795 383003.
Please can I urge fellow dog owners to ensure that you have full control of your dog whilst out walking. If you walk your dog without a lead then are you sure that your dog is 100% responsive to recall? If not and an incident occurs, in the eyes of the law your dog is out of control.
Any dog is considered dangerously out of control not only if it actually injures someone but also if it makes someone concerned that it might injure them.
It is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, such as in a public place, in a private place, e.g. a neighbour’s house or garden, or even in the owner’s home.
A court could also decide that a dog is dangerously out of control if it attacks an animal or the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal.
I’ve included more advice below regarding who to contact in the case of a dog attack or to report a stray.
Maybe local dog owners in the ward might like to consider adopting the Yellow Dog Initiative which encourages owners to inform others that their pet needs space because maybe they are nervous, recovering, on heat, and/or possibly aggressive.
You can read more about the Yellow Dog Initiative by clicking on the link below. I’d appreciate your thoughts on this initiative please?
How to report a dog on dog attack
The majority of people are responsible dog owners, however if a dog attacks you, your dog or another animal, you should report the incident to the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
The government has recently introduced new ‘Dog Behaviour Orders’ which means owners can have conditions placed on them to control their dog, and if they breach these they will be prosecuted through the courts.
This is legislation both the police and council will use to improve safety and deal with this issue, so please ensure your dog is under control at all times.
You can report a dangerous dog on dog attack to the council by calling 01733 747474.
If you wish to report a stray dog please call the dog warden on 07795 383003 or if out of hours please call 01733 864157.