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Dog Attack on the Bankeyfields Estate



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Last week a very serious incident, that could have been much much worse occurred at a home just off the Bankeyfields openspace.

A child was playing outside her house when she saw a dog running towards her from the open space area. The little girl ran for her house and ran upstairs, leaving the front door open.

The dog, a Staffordshire Bull ran after and proceeded to the bite the the little girls arm. The Dad alerted to the girls screams came running to see the dog running out of the house to a group of teenage boys who left towards the Heritage Park.

The family have asked if people walking their dogs on the open space can keep their dogs on a leash or use a flexible leash if they like to run. This isn't the first incident involving dogs coming off the open space off their leads and onto their land.

This time we were lucky as the dog was just a pup and the bite marks have healed, but there are a large number of big dogs allowed around the park not on a leash. One owner allowing their Rottweiler to wonder very close to the play area reassures people that his dog is safe and won't harm you, even though he is carrying a very large stick (not a walking stick).

The Bankeyfields Residents Association will now take the matter up with the council and police to see if any enforcement and options are available.

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Web Monkey's picture

Cllr Garner has sent his best

Cllr Garner has sent his best wishes, and has suggest we have a read of the following, and also asked the police if they to can look into this.

Obviously the topic of dogs on the open space will be on the agenda for the next Bankeyfields Community meet up.

 

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

3

Keeping dogs under proper control.

(1)If a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place—

(a)the owner; and

(b)if different, the person for the time being in charge of the dog,

is guilty of an offence, or, if the dog while so out of control injures any person, an aggravated offence, under this subsection.

(2)In proceedings for an offence under subsection (1) above against a person who is the owner of a dog but was not at the material time in charge of it, it shall be a defence for the accused to prove that the dog was at the material time in the charge of a person whom he reasonably believed to be a fit and proper person to be in charge of it.

(3)If the owner or, if different, the person for the time being in charge of a dog allows it to enter a place which is not a public place but where it is not permitted to be and while it is there—

(a)it injures any person; or

(b)there are grounds for reasonable apprehension that it will do so,

he is guilty of an offence, or, if the dog injures any person, an aggravated offence, under this subsection.

(4)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (3) above other than an aggravated offence is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or both; and a person guilty of an aggravated offence under either of those subsections is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine or both.

(5)It is hereby declared for the avoidance of doubt that an order under section 2 of the M1Dogs Act 1871 (order on complaint that dog is dangerous and not kept under proper control)—

(a)may be made whether or not the dog is shown to have injured any person; and

(b)may specify the measures to be taken for keeping the dog under proper control, whether by muzzling, keeping on a lead, excluding it from specified places or otherwise.

(6)If it appears to a court on a complaint under section 2 of the said Act of 1871 that the dog to which the complaint relates is a male and would be less dangerous if neutered the court may under that section make an order requiring it to be neutered.

(7)The reference in section 1(3) of the M2Dangerous Dogs Act 1989 (penalties) to failing to comply with an order under section 2 of the said Act of 1871 to keep a dog under proper control shall include a reference to failing to comply with any other order made under that section; but no order shall be made under that section by virtue of subsection (6) above where the matters complained of arose before the coming into force of that subsection.

 

marks's picture

Sounds very scary! Dangerous

Sounds very scary!
Dangerous breeds should be forced by law to wear muzzles.
Granted most of them are ok, but these breeds have a genetic tendency to bite and be aggressive. This should be reason enough.

I know a Staffordshire Bull and its been brought up with kids, and gets LOTS of exercise. But still its a very bitey dog when its playing. Not good if it decides to play with strangers.

I own a big daft Labrador, that *really* loves to play with kids, any kids, she doesn’t care. She wouldn't harm a fly, except slobber on it.

Web Monkey's picture

How would people feel if all

How would people feel if all Dogs on the park were kept on leads? Even if it's a giant extendable lead?

Exceptions
I know there will always be exceptions. Across the road from me is the most good natured dog around, and by the time he's walked around the open space his owners could have done it several times, so putting him on a lead might cause him to be yanked around the park rather than walked, but on the whole what do people think?

bj-dj's picture

In theory this is a great

In theory this is a great idea but practically impossible to apply to the open space. A policy of all dogs on leads should have been implemented when the open-space was developed and the play area opened. Same old story here it is the minority of irresponsible dog owners that are spoiling it for the majority of responsible dog owners. As a dog owner you get to know the temperament of your dog and you know whether or not that dog should be kept on a leash or free to walk around the open space. On a lighter note there are a number of kids that use the park that should be on leads and muzzled as their behaviour and language can be quite disturbing at times.

Web Monkey's picture

I've added a poll to the site

I've added a poll to the site and would like as many people as they can to make their feelings known by two clicks of a button (three if you count the one that takes you there) Click here to vote.

I don't want to sway anyone opinion but read some of these accounts before you vote, although I've got to warn you there are some distressing images on the page.

Web Monkey's picture

I've added a poll to the site

I've added a poll to the site and would like as many people as they can to make their feelings known by two clicks of a button (three if you count the one that takes you there) Click here to vote.

I don't want to sway anyone opinion but read some of these accounts before you vote, although I've got to warn you there are some distressing images on the page.

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Why have you added the same

Why have you added the same comment twice?

Why have you added the same comment twice?

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