Workers win praise after dog drama

PUBLISHED: 11:01 30 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:17 06 May 2010

Ryan Chambers (left) with Rob McGregor

Ryan Chambers (left) with Rob McGregor

TWO council workers were in fear of being attacked when they cornered a wild dog. Biggleswade Town Council works manager Rob McGregor and his assistant Ryan Chambers went to assist a dog warden trying to catch the snarling dog that had been wandering arou

TWO council workers were in fear of being attacked when they cornered a wild dog.

Biggleswade Town Council works manager Rob McGregor and his assistant Ryan Chambers went to assist a dog warden trying to catch the snarling dog that had been wandering around the bowling green in Drove Road.

When the warden asked for assistance the two men attempted to catch the dog but were driven back by its aggressiveness.

"When we approached it the dog ran off and wandered into the pavilion area and lay down," said Mr McGregor.

"He was very big and looked like a big tall Doberman and he flew at anyone who went towards him. He was really wild.

"We tried to catch him with a pole and noose but couldn't get it round his neck. I got my colleague to get our truck and we jammed him into a corner. I stood on the truck and jumped down and managed to get control of him with the noose.

"We couldn't lift him into the warden's van because he was too strong and wanted to fight and take a lump out of anyone who went near him.

"Even when we got the dog into a cage it was still dangerous to lift him up because he was trying to bite our fingers."

The warden eventually took the dog home and kept him in the cage overnight before handing the animal over to kennels in Nottingham where he was eventually put down because he was out of control and had attacked staff.

"It was wild and big and we were lucky not to get bitten," added Mr McGregor.

"It was certainly an experience both of us will not forget for a long time."

It is believed the dog might have belonged to travellers as a Transit van had been seen in the area with a number of lurchers inside.

Biggleswade mayor Wendy Smith says in a council report: "The incident occurred at the bowls club involving a very aggressive dog which the dog warden had been unable to catch because it had been considered dangerous.

"The police were asked for assistance but none was forthcoming which resulted in the council's staff and the dog warden putting themselves at risk in catching the animal.

Rob McGregor and Ryan Chambers are to be commended for the assistance they gave the dog warden in enabling the dog to be brought under control.

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