Dog attacked

TWO dog lovers have called on police to destroy a dog they claim has savaged their pets. They also allege the dangerous dog has attacked up to half a dozen other dogs in Arlesey leaving one needing over 30 stitches. After the latest incident on Sunday, th

TWO dog lovers have called on police to destroy a dog they claim has savaged their pets.

They also allege the dangerous dog has attacked up to half a dozen other dogs in Arlesey leaving one needing over 30 stitches.

After the latest incident on Sunday, the owner of the dog who was attacked immediately contacted police and Mid Beds District Council urging them to destroy the rogue dog before it attacks a child.

Nicola James' West Highland terrier Poppy was being walked by her sister in Hospital Road when she says it was attacked by a dog, believed to be a cross between a pit bull terrier and boxer.


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"My sister said this dog just picked up Poppy and threw her into the road," said Mrs James.

"Poppy has teeth marks all over her body and her flesh has been ripped on her shoulder blade.

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"The dog has attacked others on many occasions. I am now comforting Poppy 24/7, she has been so traumatised."

Mrs James says it is imperative the out of control animal is put down before a child or an adult is attacked.

"This is a vicious dog and something has got to be done to get rid of it.

"It is often taken into the recreation ground where kids play. Police should act now and put this dog down before a child or an adult is seriously injured."

Another woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said her dog needed 31 stitches after being attacked by the same animal two years ago.

"It attacked my dog and also sent me flying. I had to kick it to get it off my dog," said the woman.

"I complained to the dog warden at Mid Beds District Council but they just said they could do nothing unless it attacks a child. We all fear that could happen because it is very dangerous and could easily attack a child or adult, it is that big."

When contacted by The Comet, the owner of the dog said: "I do not want to make any comment. I will wait to hear what the local authority says to me."

A spokesman for Mid Beds District Council said: "Obviously we are concerned about such incidents and would encourage all dog owners to ensure that their dogs are under close control at all times. In this particular case, the owner may wish to consider seeking advice from a specialist in canine behaviour.

"Attacks by dogs, whether it be on a person or another dog, could constitute an offence and we would advise victims to contact the police. The role of Mid Beds' dog warden is one of providing advice and assistance to the police if requested."

A spokesman for Bedfordshire police said: "The incident has been reported to us and we have passed it on to the council dog warden for action.

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