Cocker spaniel's ear ripped off by another dog outside Battersea preparatory school

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A cocker spaniel’s ear was ripped off by a dog outside a preparatory school, sparking fears it could attack a child.

Niki Richards, of Humphrey Court, Battersea Square, was walking Dudley close to home when a Staffordshire bull-terrier attacked him last Wednesday.

During the attack the Staffie locked its jaws on the spaniel’s ear.

The dog’s yelps were so loud teachers at nearby  Thomas’s  Battersea School thought it was a child in danger.

Mrs Richards said there were three men sitting outside Lindsey Court, Battersea Square, where the dog was seen roaming off the lead.

Eventually the owner of the Staffie ran over and hit it on  the head repeatedly, which caused the dog to release Dudley.

The four-year-old pooch was rushed to the Medivet, Battersea Park Road, where vets stitched the ear back together and said he was lucky to be alive.

Mrs Richards, a psychologist, is now attempting to prosecute the owner through the help of Wandsworth Council as it was not on a lead.

However, there is no law in place against dog on dog attacks under the Dangerous Dog Act 1991, which only prosecutes owners if their dog attacks a person.

Mrs Richards said: “It is unbearable to think about what could have happened.

“I felt helpless, I couldn’t seem to do anything for my terrified dog. 

“I threw my bag at the dog and couldn’t let go of Dudley’s lead. But I felt as though the attack would never end. 

“No animal or human should be subjected to this and I want this dog found so that he does not go onto attack again – god forbid if it is a child next time. The owner should have had it on a lead and he was clearly not in control of it.

“I don’t just blame the dog, but the owner too.”

A spokesman for Wandsworth Council said: “We are actively investigating this incident with a view to mounting a prosecution against the owner of this dog.

“We will always look to take legal action against owners who behave irresponsibly or fail to keep proper control of their dogs.”

 

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9:34am Wed 15 Jan 14

alphabeti says...

The dog does not necessarily have to injure a person to be classed as dangerously out of control. Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 section 3 states that an offence has been committed if

"(a)it injures any person; or
(b)there are grounds for reasonable apprehension that it will do so"

So I suppose the test is whether this lady was traumatised and felt that the dog would turn on her too...
The dog does not necessarily have to injure a person to be classed as dangerously out of control. Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 section 3 states that an offence has been committed if "(a)it injures any person; or (b)there are grounds for reasonable apprehension that it will do so" So I suppose the test is whether this lady was traumatised and felt that the dog would turn on her too... alphabeti

12:18pm Wed 15 Jan 14

susan ekins says...

I think there is definitely a case that the dog was off lead on a public footpath, and obviously out of control, in that the owner had to keep hitting it, in order to make it loosen its grip.
I think there is definitely a case that the dog was off lead on a public footpath, and obviously out of control, in that the owner had to keep hitting it, in order to make it loosen its grip. susan ekins

12:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bodon prifiz says...

Again (yawn!) there is no such thing as 'lock jaw'. Yes owner should be prosecuted, but I doubt it, DDA does not cover dog on dog attack. & 'reasonable grounds for apprehension' is nigh on high impossible to prove. Also even though the dogs ear was seriously injured, the over dramatic statement 'Lucky to be alive',!!?? COME ON!!?? Also reporter Alexander Rucki stating Spaniels owners job credentials!!??, does that give her more credence than your run of the mill bull breed owner? I like to point out if I was spaniels owner the LAST thing on my mind is to whip phone out to take picture!!!! My priorities would be with my dog FIRST!!!
Again (yawn!) there is no such thing as 'lock jaw'. Yes owner should be prosecuted, but I doubt it, DDA does not cover dog on dog attack. & 'reasonable grounds for apprehension' is nigh on high impossible to prove. Also even though the dogs ear was seriously injured, the over dramatic statement 'Lucky to be alive',!!?? COME ON!!?? Also reporter Alexander Rucki stating Spaniels owners job credentials!!??, does that give her more credence than your run of the mill bull breed owner? I like to point out if I was spaniels owner the LAST thing on my mind is to whip phone out to take picture!!!! My priorities would be with my dog FIRST!!! bodon prifiz

5:00pm Wed 22 Jan 14

beancounter2 says...

The owner of this dog is a paul Robinson address 17 Jacobson court surrey lane. The attacks other dogs all the time and nothing is ever done by the authorities. Paul is often seen with a staff and English bull terriers which look deranged and never on a lead. They are responsible for numerouscattacksvon other dogs and people in that community. The authorities seem to be worried omsbout intervening.
The owner of this dog is a paul Robinson address 17 Jacobson court surrey lane. The attacks other dogs all the time and nothing is ever done by the authorities. Paul is often seen with a staff and English bull terriers which look deranged and never on a lead. They are responsible for numerouscattacksvon other dogs and people in that community. The authorities seem to be worried omsbout intervening. beancounter2

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