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Call for dog owners to keep control of pets after three attacks in Great Wakering
6:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Echo News
ANGRY dog-walkers have called on owners to be more responsible following a series of attacks in Great Wakering.
There have been two attacks on dogs in parks and one attack on a woman in a pub in just a few weeks.
Responsible dog owners want tighter controls on other owners who allow their dogs to harm fellow pets or people.
Jane Ramsey, 41, a local business owner, was attacked while walking her one-year-old Husky, Mia at Great Wakering Recreation Ground, three weeks ago.
She said: “She needs lots of exercise, but I just can’t go anywhere now because there are so many nasty dogs.
“It’s the attitude of the owners, the smugness – it’s not the dogs fault.”
Jane witnessed another dog-on-dog attack on Sunday, October 6, on Lion Field, where two American bulldog crosses attacked a bichon.
She said: “I often think these owners like their dogs to be like that – it’s jewellery to them, it looks good to have a big nasty dog. If you know your dog will follow that instinct, it shouldn’t be in an area with other dogs off a lead.”
Another local woman, who asked not to be named, was bitten on the back of her calf by a dog on Sunday, October 6, while a live singer was performing in a pub.
The woman said: “The bite slightly punctured my skin, so I’ve had to go on antibiotics as a precaution. I was more concerned because there were lots of children there – if it had bitten one of them it could’ve been a lot worse.
“Owners need to be a bit more aware. I’ve got a dog myself, but I wouldn’t take it to a pub if there was live music and a lot of people there.”
Keith Dukeson, 55, is a dog trainer and ex-RAF police dog handler and says tighter controls should be put in place.
Keith said: “There needs to be more emphasis placed on the responsibility of the owner.
“Compulsory dog ownership training should be put into place, so by 2016 everyone who buys a dog has a qualification as a responsible dog owner.
“If nothing is done, the number of incidents like this will escalate. Eventually another child will end up being badly mauled, and it could’ve been avoided in the first place.”
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