Several incidents involving a dog attacking other dogs as well as one member of the public

Burton Leonard Parish Council (BLPC) is aware of several incidents involving a dog attacking other dogs as well as one member of the public.

We are also receiving reports from worried residents, parent and grandparents, involving an out of control dog attacking other dogs, dog owners and sometimes both together.

It is clear that when this particular dog is allowed to roam free through the village it is a threat to the safety of the public and other dogs. We are particularly concerned that there have been reports that a dangerous dog has been spotted in the vicinity of the school and it’s even worse to contemplate children being attacked.

Of course this cannot be allowed to continue. It’s a criminal offence to allow any dog (i.e. of any breed or type) to be dangerously out of control in a public place or a place to where it is not allowed and as it is the police enforce the Dangerous Dogs Act which includes provisions for dogs which are dangerously out of control, BLPC have been in contact with our local community police.

To act the police need evidence so we’re requesting villagers who’ve experienced an attack from any dog to detail their experiences so that these can be catalogued and presented to the police as evidence.

A dog can be regarded as being dangerously out of control on any occasion where it causes fear or apprehension to a person that it may injure them, if it attacks another person’s animal or if the owner of an animal thinks that they could be injured trying to stop the dog attacking their animal. Furthermore, if that dog does injure a person then the offence is aggravated. Legal action may be taken against the owner and/or the person in charge of the dog at the time.

If a dog has been established as dangerously out of control the police have the power to act early to prevent dog attacks before they occur. These measures could include; attending dog training classes, repairing fencing to their property to prevent the dog escaping or requiring the dog to be muzzled when out in public.

If you or your dog has been attacked by another dog, try to supply as many details as you can about the dog. Note the colour, size, breed, markings and collar colour of the dog and, if safe to do so, take a photo.  It is important to collect this information and then report the attack to the police as soon as possible.