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#410131 - 22nd May 2010 12:22am RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged
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RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged



TWO Wirral families suffered nightmare experiences when their pets were savaged by bigger dogs this week.

The attacks - in Vale Park, New Brighton and Park Road East, Birkenhead - provoked a strong warning from the RSPCA.


Spokeswoman Leanne Plumtree said: "If a dog attacks another animal and the owner is aware of it having aggressive tendencies and a propensity to do so, they could be deemed guilty of an offence under the Animal Welfare Act.

"Under the Dangerous Dogs Act it is an offence to allow a dog to become 'dangerously out of control.'"

An elderly couple were left terrified and shaken after their pet dachshund was attacked by an unleashed Staffordshire bull terrier near Birkenhead Park.

Denise McLoughlin, 55, said: "My dog Billie was screaming; I was screaming. It was going for Billie's throat and dragging him around like a rag doll."

In the Vale Park attack Prince, a black labrador guide dog was set upon by a Weimeraner - a type of German retriever.

Wallaseyan Linda Bennet, who regularly walks Prince for his 72-year-old blind owner Leslie McWilliam said the dog was shaking for hours afterwards.

Denise had been shopping in the town centre with her blind boyfriend, 67-year old Gordon McWilliams when the bull terrier launched its attack in Park Road East.

Denise challenged a man in his 30's who appeared to be with the dog, but he denied ownership.

Said Denise: "He dragged the bull terrier off my dog and then this low-life casually walked off and the dog followed. He had no lead but he kept looking back as he walked away."

She added: "I want people to know how bad these dogs really area, It was really horrendous."

Passers-by rushed to help Denise and Gordon. One young couple drove them to a veterinary surgery in the town for Billie to be given attention. The dog required two needles and antibiotics to treat his injuries.

Denise disclosed: "He is normally a very lively dog, but since being bitten he is very subdued."

Gordon's dog Karl - a labrador - was not attacked but reacted by pulling away strongly on his lead.

"Poor Gordon was almost dragged into the busy road," said Denise.

She said the police had been contacted over the incident but they had said they could do nothing about it because she had not been bitten.

Prince had been let off its lead and was playing with other dogs in the park when it was attacked by the Weimeraner.

Prince's ear was torn during the attack and needed stitching with metal staples.

He was also prescribed antibiotics for the pain. It was the first time he had been attacked by a dog, and he is now nervous when going out.

Police were informed. The Weimeraner was on its lead at the time of the attack and owner has offered to pay the vet's bill.

A police spokesman said that because the Weimerarner was on a leash and an offer had been made to pay the vet's bill no further action would be taken.

Linda Bennett told the Globe: "Prince is a lovely guide dog who loves attention, and hates confrontations.

"The attack has damaged him psychologically.

"When he was attacked I was in total shock and couldn't believe it. I was about 20 feet away and I stood there, frozen to the spot."

Every year dogs attack 200,000 people in the UK. Dog bites are a major child-health problem, exceeding the total combined number of cases of measles, whooping cough and mumps each year.

Approximately 28,000 facial dog bites are reported across the country with 19,000 of them needing plastic surgery.

Said Leanne Plumtree: "All owners have a duty to keep their dogs under control and to train them in a way that discourages aggression towards people and other animals.

"The RSPCA encourages any dog owners who are worried about their pet's behaviour to consult the police or a vet.

"If a dog is dangerous the police should always be informed first."

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#410137 - 22nd May 2010 12:36am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: ]
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Iread these articles today and was horrified moreso the 2nd one where the guy walked away appearing not to own the dog with the dog following on his heels. it's going to come to a stage where cctv is going to be needed everywhere and Iknow before the digs come in " it's all down to money "
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#410201 - 22nd May 2010 2:13am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: ]
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"All owners have a duty to keep their dogs under control and to train them in a way that discourages aggression towards people and other animals"

If you don't know how to look after an animal then don't keep one.

Jessus fookin christ, bang two brain cells together and make sense.

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#410299 - 22nd May 2010 7:07am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: ]
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Here is 2 good reasons to bring the captive bolt in to play, up to you to decide whether to use it on the dogs or the owners, or maybe both.
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#410301 - 22nd May 2010 7:59am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: bert1]
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Originally Posted By: bert1
Here is 2 good reasons to bring the captive bolt in to play, up to you to decide whether to use it on the dogs or the owners, or maybe both.


What is that Bert? Is it anything like a 12 gauge shotgun! We do need something that works.

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#410302 - 22nd May 2010 8:07am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: Tatey]
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at least one of the owners offered to pay the vet bill but even so, perhaps all dogs should be muzzeld when out in publicthen people and pets would be safe. any dog not muzzeld could be seized.
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#410310 - 22nd May 2010 9:48am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: starakita]
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hear hear clap
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#410555 - 22nd May 2010 11:08pm Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: reddragon]
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Originally Posted By: reddragon
hear hear clap


I will second that!
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#410607 - 23rd May 2010 1:00am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: Nigel]
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terrible.
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#410618 - 23rd May 2010 1:10am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: Sanchez]
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out of order and i`m not afraid to say if i was out with my g/f`s dog and it was attacked by another i`d kick the sh*t out of the mutt that was attacking snob

.... come on animal extremists whistle
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#410622 - 23rd May 2010 1:18am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: _Ste_]
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This is why all dogs should be muzzled when in public. Very sad that it should have to be done, but it should. My auntie muzzles her dobiman when out in public to protect everyone (and trust me, she LOVES people, she is just a big softy and would lick you to death, and indeed does, but she simply does not want to chance it as much as she can trust her), but if she see's another dog without a muzzle on, she removes it, otherwise how the hell is it supposed to fight back.

If they made it a blanket law, and anyone cuaght without a muzzle on got a 100 on the spot fine, and after 3 offences had the dog taken off them, regardless of excuses, it would certainly aid towards lowering all kinds of attacks by dogs.

Come to think of it, they should muzzle and straight jacket a lot of humans as well!!

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#410623 - 23rd May 2010 1:18am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: _Ste_]
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here here ste smile
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#410625 - 23rd May 2010 1:20am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: MattLFC]
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Originally Posted By: MattLFC
This is why all dogs should be muzzled when in public. Very sad that it should have to be done, but it should. My auntie muzzles her dobiman when out in public to protect everyone (and trust me, she LOVES people, she is just a big softy and would lick you to death, and indeed does, but she simply does not want to chance it as much as she can trust her), but if she see's another dog without a muzzle on, she removes it, otherwise how the hell is it supposed to fight back.

If they made it a blanket law, and anyone cuaght without a muzzle on got a 100 on the spot fine, and after 3 offences had the dog taken off them, regardless of excuses, it would certainly aid towards lowering all kinds of attacks by dogs.

Come to think of it, they should muzzle and straight jacket a lot of humans as well!!

frown


exactly how i'd do it if I was PM wink
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#410713 - 23rd May 2010 7:52am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: Sanchez]
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we used to muzzle our akita,only because other peoples dogs would sniff her if she didnt want to be bothered and they wouldnt take her growl as no she would knock them down and put them in the submissive position. she never hurt the other dog, but some of the owners used to get upset.usually the oler ladies in the park. i think it was more her growl that frightened them.when itook her out ijust kept her on her lead andlet her off when no one was around.
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#410727 - 23rd May 2010 10:05am Re: RSPCA issue warning after guide dog is savaged [Re: starakita]
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Muzzles aren't needed if you keep a possibly dangerous dog on a lead. I was walking my dog and a BIG bull terrier type dog came running up with the very intention of ripping it to bits. The owner (a typical white Reebok wearing shaven head, crappy arm/leg tattoo, vest, etc) was calling the dog back. It wasn't on a lead. I sort of laughed it off (holding my dog in the air), when the owner finally got it under control, but I was thinking 'what a prick'. It's a pity the type of owners feel the need to get these types of dog and have absolutely no idea how to train them.
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