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post 25th Sep 2017, 8:21 am
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It seems to be a growing trend round here for people to walk their dog without leads or let them "play" outside their houses. Its become almost the norm to see owners strolling along carrying a lead and the dog trotting along the pavement in front or behind them. I'm not talking quiet lanes in some cases these are major A roads with traffic whizzing past at speed. On Friday my daughter in laws grandad was walking his rescued greyhound Alfie and a dog that was outside in its own front garden ran across the road and attacked Alfie. Its the second time this dog has attacked one of his dogs. The first attack was sorted quickly and Billy suffered puncture wounds. In this attack Alfie has been lucky to survive because they couldn't get the other dog off quickly enough. Alfie has suffered a broken leg, a gash on his side 8 inches long which is very deep, a lump of flesh has gone from his face and he has multiple bite and puncture wounds over his body. He was sent to a specialist vet for treatment so far the bill at the specialist is £5k. He is being moved back to his normal vet today for further care and observation, he's in a terrible way I hope he survives. The owner does have insurance but I don't know if there is a ceiling. The attack has been reported to the police and dog warden hopefully someone will take action to stop this happening to someone else.
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post 25th Sep 2017, 8:39 am
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That's terrible, poor dog. ohmy.gif

I hope Alfie will be OK

I think this trend is a Macho thing, 'Look at me and my well trained dog' mad.gif
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post 25th Sep 2017, 8:41 am
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Oh poor Alfie crying.gif I hope he is okay. There are a few people round here who walk their dogs off lead, even along the busy road dividing the houses from the fields. It does worry me - my Labradors are very good, but I wouldn't let them off lead near the roads as any dog can be distracted and it could cause a terrible accident. Sending good thoughts for Alfie and his family hug.gif
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post 25th Sep 2017, 12:19 pm
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Poor Alfie, I will send him Reiki to help him recover.

If Alfie is insured the insurance company should sue the other dog's owner for the vet bills, get him to check.


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post 25th Sep 2017, 5:02 pm
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My God, that's appalling ohmy.gif

Poor Alfie and his owners, they must be so worried. Please wish them well from me hug.gif
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post 25th Sep 2017, 9:28 pm
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That sounds horrific, poor Alfie hug.gif Hope he survives and the dog owner pays all the bills. There's absolutely no excuse for this mad.gif Hate to imagine what would have happened to a smaller dog.

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post 26th Sep 2017, 9:43 am
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Thank you for the good wishes I've passed them on. No contact from the Police or Dog Warden although Alfies owner has chased them up. Alfie had another op yesterday on his leg and he's much better today and coming home later.
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post 26th Sep 2017, 9:59 am
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So glad Alfie will soon be home wub.gif
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post 26th Sep 2017, 2:29 pm
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Thank goodness he's on the mend wub.gif Hope the police and dog warden get moving to stop it happening again.

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post 3rd Oct 2017, 12:38 pm
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Police and dog warden have finally been to see the owner of the other dog. No surprises here they have given the owner advice and have asked they muzzle the dog but can't enforce this. The owner is denying that her dog did the damage, she is saying Alfie must have had a broken leg before her dog attacked. mad.gif Some people are unbelievable. The vets bills are up to £3.2k at the moment these are covered by insurance but of course there will be a long period of recovery afterwards.
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post 3rd Oct 2017, 1:37 pm
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They need to get back on the police who ruddy well can enforce it. They just rarely do. If they haven't already, the owners should get legal advice on this one - Trevor Cooper/DogLaw UK would be a good place to start.
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post 3rd Oct 2017, 1:45 pm
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QUOTE(nikirushka @ 3rd Oct 2017, 2:37 pm) *

They need to get back on the police who ruddy well can enforce it. They just rarely do. If they haven't already, the owners should get legal advice on this one - Trevor Cooper/DogLaw UK would be a good place to start.


Agree totally.

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post 3rd Oct 2017, 2:11 pm
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Thanks I'm going to pass this on. It has taken until yesterday for the Police or dog warden to call to see the owner just too slow. If the dog had been a banned breed there would have been lots of time for the owner to spirit away.
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post 3rd Oct 2017, 4:36 pm
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I'm at a seminar by DogLaw on the 22nd, I'm going to ask about this specific issue if it isn't brought up (which tbh, I'm assuming it will be).
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post 3rd Oct 2017, 5:18 pm
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<h2 id="out-of-control">https://www.gov.uk/control-dog-public
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</h2><h2 id="out-of-control">Out of control</h2> Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

  • injures someone
  • makes someone worried that it might injure them
A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if either of the following apply:

  • it attacks someone’s animal
  • the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal
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