ANGER OVER DOG ATTACK

ANGER OVER DOG ATTACK

ANGER OVER DOG ATTACK

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I READ with interest your story on the dog attack in Winsford.

I live in Northwich and had a similar experience when my 14-year-old son took our 10-year-old golden retriever for a walk thankfully due mainly I think to the thick coat on a retriever her injuries were minor.

She needed to go to the vet for bites to her ears that healed well thankfully.

The attack happened when they walked on the path with Cassie on her lead under my son’s full control when a front door opened as they passed.

A dog ran straight out and jumped onto Cassie’s back and started biting her neck and back (she just fell to the ground and did not defend herself), the dog’s owner followed and got the dog off and put it in her car.

My point is that I called the police and was told the operator was not a dog lover and she did not see it as a police matter and I should contact the dog warden.

I was not happy with this response. I told them I did not think that was good enough and told the operator so. She told me not to get upset and cut me off.

I was even less happy with this response I rang back about half an hour later and asked to speak to a supervisor.

I was put through to whom I believe was a police officer after explaining what had happened and that I just wanted the incident recorded in case it happened again and the dog attacked a child.

The officer apologised and gave me a crime number and advised me to contact the dog warden the following morning.

The police did follow up the incident and interviewed the householder.

I did contact the dog warden who was less than impressed with the police response but needed more information for him to act as the dog did not live at the address the attack was adjacent to.

I note that you say that the police can only act if there is a person injured as a result or repeated offences.

If these offences/attacks are not being registered then there will never be a repeat offence.

Chris Fisher Leftwich

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9:35am Sat 16 Aug 14

brains56 says...

Your young son should not have had to experience such a frightening event whilst walking the family dog. When reading your experience it sounded very familiar. I also had to endure the horror of my pet dog being attacked by an irresponsible owner. My children were thankfully not playing in the garden at the time. My dog was in my garden when a dog being walked jumped through our hedge and latched onto my dogs face (it would not let go),the male owner and another male walked off laughing at me!! After vet treatment, i phoned the police, they weren't interested, and i spent days harassing the police and local PCSO to do something. We also had the (seen to be doing) chat and the owner of the dangerous dog was given advice on being a responsible dog owner. I predict this dog WILL hurt a child/adult in the future. As for sorting the issue out, i had to take the law into my own hands with the owner to get the vet bill money back. I am nervous when out walking our dog and feel completely let down by the law. To also add to anyone reading this thinking it wont happen to me as my dog is big and tough, well i own a massive American Bulldog who was four times the size of the dog which attacked her. It can happen to anyone!!
Your young son should not have had to experience such a frightening event whilst walking the family dog. When reading your experience it sounded very familiar. I also had to endure the horror of my pet dog being attacked by an irresponsible owner. My children were thankfully not playing in the garden at the time. My dog was in my garden when a dog being walked jumped through our hedge and latched onto my dogs face (it would not let go),the male owner and another male walked off laughing at me!! After vet treatment, i phoned the police, they weren't interested, and i spent days harassing the police and local PCSO to do something. We also had the (seen to be doing) chat and the owner of the dangerous dog was given advice on being a responsible dog owner. I predict this dog WILL hurt a child/adult in the future. As for sorting the issue out, i had to take the law into my own hands with the owner to get the vet bill money back. I am nervous when out walking our dog and feel completely let down by the law. To also add to anyone reading this thinking it wont happen to me as my dog is big and tough, well i own a massive American Bulldog who was four times the size of the dog which attacked her. It can happen to anyone!! brains56
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