Victim of dog attack calls for pet owners to keep their dogs on leads

ATTACKED: Deborah Forster and her Yorkshire terrier Ted were both injured after being set upon by another dog near to where they live in Darlington.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

ATTACKED: Deborah Forster and her Yorkshire terrier Ted were both injured after being set upon by another dog near to where they live in Darlington. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

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A WOMAN called for dogs to be kept on leads after being attacked by a loose animal, which also savaged her pet.

Deborah Forster was relaxing with her dog Ted in Darlington’s Green Park on Saturday, July 19 when another dog - believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier - attacked the tiny Yorkshire Terrier, leaving him seriously injured.

Ms Forster, 52, was also left with a severe bite to her arm after she tried to separate the struggling animals.

She said: “We were sitting on the grass minding our own business when the dog came over and bit Ted and bit my arm.

“The owner managed to get it away but still didn’t put it on a lead, he just said sorry and off he went.

“I was so shocked I couldn’t get up and go after him and I had to look after my dog who was very badly injured – he should have stuck around to make sure we were okay.

“It’s been quite traumatic, I can handle it for myself but Ted has become really nervous and is still being treated by the vet.”

She added: “I just want to tell people to keep all dogs on a lead, especially in parks where there are children and other animals around.

“It’s supposed to be a nice thing to walk in the park with your dog and it’s just a matter of time before a dog like this kills another dog.”

In light of the incident, an RSPCA spokeswoman called on pet owners to control their animals.

She said: “This sounds like a very upsetting incident - not only can an animal victim be caused serious physical suffering as well as being terrified by the ordeal, but the owners of the animals are also often traumatised by the event.

"The RSPCA would like to reiterate once more the message that all dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their pets are cared for properly and are under control when out in public."

The matter was reported to the police. A spokesman from Durham Constabulary said the incident had been logged but as the dog owner’s details were not known and there is no CCTV coverage in the area, police action would be limited in scope.

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6:48am Tue 29 Jul 14

Homshaw1 says...

There are too many of these uncontrolled staffies around
As for the police. If a person had caused this damage they would be looking for the culprit. Children play in parks.
It's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt
There are too many of these uncontrolled staffies around As for the police. If a person had caused this damage they would be looking for the culprit. Children play in parks. It's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt Homshaw1
  • Score: 41

7:01am Tue 29 Jul 14

tabby67 says...

I was just about to say the same thing Homshaw1, you don't have to look far before you see a chav in tracksuit bottoms walking along with a staffy with a studded collar and most of the time off lead! They seem to be a very popular breed for some rather rough looking people. Which is a shame because I am sure there are staffy owners who are lovely and I am sure some are lovely natured pets. Unfortunately they are getting s bad name because of these kind of people owning one. I am sure every dog has the potential to attack but this breed seems to be getting out of control now and it seems to be among the younger generation.
I hope the little dog is ok how awful for the owner not to offer any help to this poor lady
I was just about to say the same thing Homshaw1, you don't have to look far before you see a chav in tracksuit bottoms walking along with a staffy with a studded collar and most of the time off lead! They seem to be a very popular breed for some rather rough looking people. Which is a shame because I am sure there are staffy owners who are lovely and I am sure some are lovely natured pets. Unfortunately they are getting s bad name because of these kind of people owning one. I am sure every dog has the potential to attack but this breed seems to be getting out of control now and it seems to be among the younger generation. I hope the little dog is ok how awful for the owner not to offer any help to this poor lady tabby67
  • Score: 36

7:52am Tue 29 Jul 14

The Love Slug says...

Im glad you mentioned the fact that there must be good staffies out there, Its not the dogs, its the owners. Staffies by nature are friendly, caring and well natured dogs, very loyal and perfect companions. Ive had 3 and every one of them has been a fantastic pet.

These kn0bheads that use them as status symbols shouldn't be allowed to keep them as pets. If I saw one coming over to attack my dog I'd have to step in and (regretfully) put it to sleep with a swift steel toe boot to the ribs before it could harm me, my kids or my dog. Id then grab the dog and take it to the RSPCA for rehoming.
Im glad you mentioned the fact that there must be good staffies out there, Its not the dogs, its the owners. Staffies by nature are friendly, caring and well natured dogs, very loyal and perfect companions. Ive had 3 and every one of them has been a fantastic pet. These kn0bheads that use them as status symbols shouldn't be allowed to keep them as pets. If I saw one coming over to attack my dog I'd have to step in and (regretfully) put it to sleep with a swift steel toe boot to the ribs before it could harm me, my kids or my dog. Id then grab the dog and take it to the RSPCA for rehoming. The Love Slug
  • Score: 50

8:13am Tue 29 Jul 14

studio says...

The Love Slug wrote:
Im glad you mentioned the fact that there must be good staffies out there, Its not the dogs, its the owners. Staffies by nature are friendly, caring and well natured dogs, very loyal and perfect companions. Ive had 3 and every one of them has been a fantastic pet. These kn0bheads that use them as status symbols shouldn't be allowed to keep them as pets. If I saw one coming over to attack my dog I'd have to step in and (regretfully) put it to sleep with a swift steel toe boot to the ribs before it could harm me, my kids or my dog. Id then grab the dog and take it to the RSPCA for rehoming.
Last sentence of your comment made my morning!
[quote][p][bold]The Love Slug[/bold] wrote: Im glad you mentioned the fact that there must be good staffies out there, Its not the dogs, its the owners. Staffies by nature are friendly, caring and well natured dogs, very loyal and perfect companions. Ive had 3 and every one of them has been a fantastic pet. These kn0bheads that use them as status symbols shouldn't be allowed to keep them as pets. If I saw one coming over to attack my dog I'd have to step in and (regretfully) put it to sleep with a swift steel toe boot to the ribs before it could harm me, my kids or my dog. Id then grab the dog and take it to the RSPCA for rehoming.[/p][/quote]Last sentence of your comment made my morning! studio
  • Score: 21

8:24am Tue 29 Jul 14

hasanopinion says...

Bad dog = bad owner
Bad dog = bad owner hasanopinion
  • Score: 25

8:32am Tue 29 Jul 14

laboursfoe says...

I would say that all domestic dogs start out goodnatured loving and loyal. They love unconditionally if they are handled correctly.

I think the reason that these dogs are so attractive to chavs and general ars£h0les is because of the damage the huge locking jaws can do, the muscle structure they have and the predator features of the face.

There are plenty more attractive dogs out there, personally I would like to see them banned due to the jaws and damage they inflict. That's just a personal opinion, there are plenty of responsible people that own these dogs.
I would say that all domestic dogs start out goodnatured loving and loyal. They love unconditionally if they are handled correctly. I think the reason that these dogs are so attractive to chavs and general ars£h0les is because of the damage the huge locking jaws can do, the muscle structure they have and the predator features of the face. There are plenty more attractive dogs out there, personally I would like to see them banned due to the jaws and damage they inflict. That's just a personal opinion, there are plenty of responsible people that own these dogs. laboursfoe
  • Score: 13

8:39am Tue 29 Jul 14

Billy173 says...

In my opinion there is no such thing as a bad dog, it is the way the dog is brought up. It makes me so mad when a dog is put to sleep because of irresponsible dog owners. If anybody does not bring their dog up in the right way they should be banned from keeping pets full stop.
In my opinion there is no such thing as a bad dog, it is the way the dog is brought up. It makes me so mad when a dog is put to sleep because of irresponsible dog owners. If anybody does not bring their dog up in the right way they should be banned from keeping pets full stop. Billy173
  • Score: 23

9:18am Tue 29 Jul 14

Chezwalbey says...

I have two staffordshire bull terriers who are very good natured and very friendly. However, I never walk them of leads because of other dogs/people. Dog's should always be on a lead no matter the breed. There is a small yorkie that has tried to attack my dogs a couple of times yet no one is calling for yorkie's to be banned. A SBT does not choose to be born how it is. like a person does not choose to be born white. Calling on the SBT breed to be banned is ridiculous. The owner is at fault, not the dog. Deed not breed.
I have two staffordshire bull terriers who are very good natured and very friendly. However, I never walk them of leads because of other dogs/people. Dog's should always be on a lead no matter the breed. There is a small yorkie that has tried to attack my dogs a couple of times yet no one is calling for yorkie's to be banned. A SBT does not choose to be born how it is. like a person does not choose to be born white. Calling on the SBT breed to be banned is ridiculous. The owner is at fault, not the dog. Deed not breed. Chezwalbey
  • Score: 31

9:35am Tue 29 Jul 14

Working Smoggy says...

Chezwalbey wrote:
I have two staffordshire bull terriers who are very good natured and very friendly. However, I never walk them of leads because of other dogs/people. Dog's should always be on a lead no matter the breed. There is a small yorkie that has tried to attack my dogs a couple of times yet no one is calling for yorkie's to be banned. A SBT does not choose to be born how it is. like a person does not choose to be born white. Calling on the SBT breed to be banned is ridiculous. The owner is at fault, not the dog. Deed not breed.
Completely agree it is not the dogs fault it is the owners. If you bring a dog up and train it correctly it will be well behaved. Unfortunately some breeds of dog and SBT are one them are bought by people where the breed of dog is a status symbol. They don't train them correctly thus giving the breed of dog a bad name. BAN THE OWNER FROM KEEPING DOGS, NOT THE BREED OF DOG. Staffordshire bull terriers are great dogs if trained correctly.
[quote][p][bold]Chezwalbey[/bold] wrote: I have two staffordshire bull terriers who are very good natured and very friendly. However, I never walk them of leads because of other dogs/people. Dog's should always be on a lead no matter the breed. There is a small yorkie that has tried to attack my dogs a couple of times yet no one is calling for yorkie's to be banned. A SBT does not choose to be born how it is. like a person does not choose to be born white. Calling on the SBT breed to be banned is ridiculous. The owner is at fault, not the dog. Deed not breed.[/p][/quote]Completely agree it is not the dogs fault it is the owners. If you bring a dog up and train it correctly it will be well behaved. Unfortunately some breeds of dog and SBT are one them are bought by people where the breed of dog is a status symbol. They don't train them correctly thus giving the breed of dog a bad name. BAN THE OWNER FROM KEEPING DOGS, NOT THE BREED OF DOG. Staffordshire bull terriers are great dogs if trained correctly. Working Smoggy
  • Score: 26

12:51pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Homshaw1 says...

All dogs are not the same. Are people seriously saying a King Charles Spaniel can be equally as dangerous as a Pit Bull or Staffie? I'm sure there are friendly crocodiles but I'm not about to take the chance.
All dogs are not the same. Are people seriously saying a King Charles Spaniel can be equally as dangerous as a Pit Bull or Staffie? I'm sure there are friendly crocodiles but I'm not about to take the chance. Homshaw1
  • Score: 2

1:46pm Tue 29 Jul 14

boysibandit says...

We took our grandson up to Hill End last week as it was a hot day and there was a middle-aged couple sitting on the grass eating ice-cream while their Shih Tzu dog was chasing the sheep all over,someone did eventually go to them and tell them if they didn't get it on a lead they would phone the Police he had no intention of stopping it until he was told to do so..... now that's a very irresponsible dog owner indeed.
We took our grandson up to Hill End last week as it was a hot day and there was a middle-aged couple sitting on the grass eating ice-cream while their Shih Tzu dog was chasing the sheep all over,someone did eventually go to them and tell them if they didn't get it on a lead they would phone the Police he had no intention of stopping it until he was told to do so..... now that's a very irresponsible dog owner indeed. boysibandit
  • Score: 27

2:01pm Tue 29 Jul 14

CH3CH2OH says...

A similar incident happened on redcar beach while I was having a run a couple of weeks ago. The owner of a puppy was screaming for me to help as two dogs were set on destroying the pup, even jumping up and pulling the her out of it's owners arms. She was screaming for me to help take her dog to safety while the owners of the attacking dogs were punching them. Luckily I didn't have my dog with me and managed to grab the puppy being attacked and get it away from harm.

I hope ted and his owner both make a full recovery, both mentally and physically.
A similar incident happened on redcar beach while I was having a run a couple of weeks ago. The owner of a puppy was screaming for me to help as two dogs were set on destroying the pup, even jumping up and pulling the her out of it's owners arms. She was screaming for me to help take her dog to safety while the owners of the attacking dogs were punching them. Luckily I didn't have my dog with me and managed to grab the puppy being attacked and get it away from harm. I hope ted and his owner both make a full recovery, both mentally and physically. CH3CH2OH
  • Score: 16

2:35pm Tue 29 Jul 14

smokin says...

its the handler Not the dog at fault so all bad owners should be put down as well as the dog
bred staffies all my life wouldn't sell to a chav and all my dogs are well behaved !!!!!
its the handler Not the dog at fault so all bad owners should be put down as well as the dog bred staffies all my life wouldn't sell to a chav and all my dogs are well behaved !!!!! smokin
  • Score: 9

3:34pm Tue 29 Jul 14

pixie4612 says...

It's unreasonable to say that all dogs should be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs need time off the lead to exercise properly in fact keeping them cooped up or on leads for walks can lead to the dog getting frustrated and therefore aggressive. (As it would a human.) Parks have areas suitable for dogs as well as areas for children to play.

However!!!!... every dog owner has a responsibility to train their dog to be safe and friendly; to other dogs and people. If your dog isn’t friendly and can’t be trusted, unfortunately they must be kept on a lead and in most cases should be muzzled in public.
In this case the dog should be taken from the irresponsible owner.
I hope the lady and the little Yorkie recover quickly.
It's unreasonable to say that all dogs should be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs need time off the lead to exercise properly in fact keeping them cooped up or on leads for walks can lead to the dog getting frustrated and therefore aggressive. (As it would a human.) Parks have areas suitable for dogs as well as areas for children to play. However!!!!... every dog owner has a responsibility to train their dog to be safe and friendly; to other dogs and people. If your dog isn’t friendly and can’t be trusted, unfortunately they must be kept on a lead and in most cases should be muzzled in public. In this case the dog should be taken from the irresponsible owner. I hope the lady and the little Yorkie recover quickly. pixie4612
  • Score: 3

4:35pm Tue 29 Jul 14

David Lacey says...

Let's be honest - there is a section of our community that puts two fingers up to civilised behaviour. They wouldn't dream of taxing or insuring their car. They wouldn't dream of working for a living and paying their taxes. They are proud that they can't read or write. They see a big rowdy dog as a mark of their status within their circle of friends. If our police would bear down on them - yes that means targeting - many crimes could be cleared up and even more prevented.
Let's be honest - there is a section of our community that puts two fingers up to civilised behaviour. They wouldn't dream of taxing or insuring their car. They wouldn't dream of working for a living and paying their taxes. They are proud that they can't read or write. They see a big rowdy dog as a mark of their status within their circle of friends. If our police would bear down on them - yes that means targeting - many crimes could be cleared up and even more prevented. David Lacey
  • Score: 17

5:37pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Pierremontquaker03 says...

I am a frequent walker in Green park and I am sick to death of dogs off their leads coming over to my dog and winding it up as they run circles round it - I dont let my dog off the lead as it is a resuce dog and can get aggressive at times even tho it is 14 years old. While I agree it is cruel to keep dogs on their leads at all times, in parks where there are play areas (such as Green Park) this should be banned - also certain breeds must be muzzled end of - but it will only take someone to be killed for this to happen because thats only when the law makers will listen.
I am a frequent walker in Green park and I am sick to death of dogs off their leads coming over to my dog and winding it up as they run circles round it - I dont let my dog off the lead as it is a resuce dog and can get aggressive at times even tho it is 14 years old. While I agree it is cruel to keep dogs on their leads at all times, in parks where there are play areas (such as Green Park) this should be banned - also certain breeds must be muzzled end of - but it will only take someone to be killed for this to happen because thats only when the law makers will listen. Pierremontquaker03
  • Score: 4

6:13pm Tue 29 Jul 14

belladarlo says...

Regardless of the breed, people should be respectful that not everyone likes/or are scared of dogs and when passing should put them back on the lead. If it's a park then they should be kept on a lead at all times.
When my kiddies were little I got sick to death of peoples dogs bounding over with the usual cry of "its ok he won't hurt her"......so being pushed to the ground, not to mention puppies sharp claws doesn't hurt a toddler!

P.s I'm a staffy owner.
Regardless of the breed, people should be respectful that not everyone likes/or are scared of dogs and when passing should put them back on the lead. If it's a park then they should be kept on a lead at all times. When my kiddies were little I got sick to death of peoples dogs bounding over with the usual cry of "its ok he won't hurt her"......so being pushed to the ground, not to mention puppies sharp claws doesn't hurt a toddler! P.s I'm a staffy owner. belladarlo
  • Score: 8

7:33am Wed 30 Jul 14

Equity1 says...

Police action would be limited as no CCTV in that area so very little scope was the polices response - well that's alright then ! Talk about giving up before you start .How about attempting to do their job ie protect the public ,idiot dog owner prob has same routine why not sit victim in a unmarked police vehicle near park entrance in the hope miscreant walks past . May not bear fruit but at least victim will think the police tried.BETTER THAN DOING NOTHING .
Police action would be limited as no CCTV in that area so very little scope was the polices response - well that's alright then ! Talk about giving up before you start .How about attempting to do their job ie protect the public ,idiot dog owner prob has same routine why not sit victim in a unmarked police vehicle near park entrance in the hope miscreant walks past . May not bear fruit but at least victim will think the police tried.BETTER THAN DOING NOTHING . Equity1
  • Score: 4

12:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Homshaw1 says...

Knives and Guns are banned in public because they are potentially very dangerous in the wrong hands. Some worrying and distressing incidents are described above.

So we have people with vested interests who make money breeding these dogs and others who like them as a status symbol irrespective of what they might do to other people. The guy involved in this incident caused damage and did a runner instead of facing up to his responsibility.

To say there are no bad dogs is daft. It's like saying there are no bad people or there are no behaviour trends in people of certain ages or social groups.

From the stories above these events are not rare
Knives and Guns are banned in public because they are potentially very dangerous in the wrong hands. Some worrying and distressing incidents are described above. So we have people with vested interests who make money breeding these dogs and others who like them as a status symbol irrespective of what they might do to other people. The guy involved in this incident caused damage and did a runner instead of facing up to his responsibility. To say there are no bad dogs is daft. It's like saying there are no bad people or there are no behaviour trends in people of certain ages or social groups. From the stories above these events are not rare Homshaw1
  • Score: 3

2:12pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Vicki1986 says...

I own a staffy and she is crossed with an American bulldog. She is the most affectionate dog I know and the most damage she'd do is kick someone to death! I have her off the lead only when other dogs are not around as she needs a lot of exercise due to being a very energetic dog. I don't allow her near other dogs and other dog owners are wary when I'm with her and it's clear it's because of her breed. Please do not far all dogs with the same brush - all dogs can turn nasty if treated that way! It's a case of nurture, not nature! And to the person who suggests breeds such as Staffies should be banned because of their locking jaws and looks - I respect that you acknowledge it is your opinion, however dogs were used to work and hunt and they have evolved like this - my dog is my pet but she is also my protector. If I didn't like the look of someone's child - I wouldn't suggest they be banned! I personally can't stand chihuahuas and I know of one, which belongs to a friend of mine, that is extremely aggressive towards humans and dogs - whether it could do damage or not should not be ignored because an aggressive dog is never a good thing!
I own a staffy and she is crossed with an American bulldog. She is the most affectionate dog I know and the most damage she'd do is kick someone to death! I have her off the lead only when other dogs are not around as she needs a lot of exercise due to being a very energetic dog. I don't allow her near other dogs and other dog owners are wary when I'm with her and it's clear it's because of her breed. Please do not far all dogs with the same brush - all dogs can turn nasty if treated that way! It's a case of nurture, not nature! And to the person who suggests breeds such as Staffies should be banned because of their locking jaws and looks - I respect that you acknowledge it is your opinion, however dogs were used to work and hunt and they have evolved like this - my dog is my pet but she is also my protector. If I didn't like the look of someone's child - I wouldn't suggest they be banned! I personally can't stand chihuahuas and I know of one, which belongs to a friend of mine, that is extremely aggressive towards humans and dogs - whether it could do damage or not should not be ignored because an aggressive dog is never a good thing! Vicki1986
  • Score: 3

4:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

doonhamer says...

Keeping an animal on the lead is not always the best answer. I seldom let my pet off in public places and only then if no people are other animals are around. However some people are never satisfied and still complain. Only on Friday in extremely hot weather (when animals can become very tetchy) I noticed a dogs water bowl outside a public house in Richmond market place. Timmy was hot after a long walk in the Dales but when I led him for a drink the attitude of some individuals was quite amazing. They were running around and screaming, which was upsetting Timmy, and knocking chairs and tables over on the pavement outside the pub in their obvious panic, which had to be seen to be believed. Strange how some people react and try to pre-empt things isn't it ?. Just because I look and dress like a Chav (I'm not one I hasten to add) they obviously assumed I was going to let my pet Rhino off the lead !!
Keeping an animal on the lead is not always the best answer. I seldom let my pet off in public places and only then if no people are other animals are around. However some people are never satisfied and still complain. Only on Friday in extremely hot weather (when animals can become very tetchy) I noticed a dogs water bowl outside a public house in Richmond market place. Timmy was hot after a long walk in the Dales but when I led him for a drink the attitude of some individuals was quite amazing. They were running around and screaming, which was upsetting Timmy, and knocking chairs and tables over on the pavement outside the pub in their obvious panic, which had to be seen to be believed. Strange how some people react and try to pre-empt things isn't it ?. Just because I look and dress like a Chav (I'm not one I hasten to add) they obviously assumed I was going to let my pet Rhino off the lead !! doonhamer
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Wed 30 Jul 14

gemma1981 says...

I have staffys they are the most caring loyal dogs you could have its like kids I blame the owners but everyone always blames the staffy breed you don't realise how good and loving these dogs are I get sick of people slagging these dogs off
I have staffys they are the most caring loyal dogs you could have its like kids I blame the owners but everyone always blames the staffy breed you don't realise how good and loving these dogs are I get sick of people slagging these dogs off gemma1981
  • Score: 2

10:56pm Wed 30 Jul 14

gemma1981 says...

I have staffys they are the most caring loyal dogs you could have its like kids I blame the owners but everyone always blames the staffy breed you don't realise how good and loving these dogs are I get sick of people slagging these dogs off my oldest son has been bitten of a Yorkshire . terrier they are a nasty dog when they want to be like all dogs they have their momemts
I have staffys they are the most caring loyal dogs you could have its like kids I blame the owners but everyone always blames the staffy breed you don't realise how good and loving these dogs are I get sick of people slagging these dogs off my oldest son has been bitten of a Yorkshire . terrier they are a nasty dog when they want to be like all dogs they have their momemts gemma1981
  • Score: -4

12:25pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Homshaw1 says...

gemma1981 wrote:
I have staffys they are the most caring loyal dogs you could have its like kids I blame the owners but everyone always blames the staffy breed you don't realise how good and loving these dogs are I get sick of people slagging these dogs off my oldest son has been bitten of a Yorkshire . terrier they are a nasty dog when they want to be like all dogs they have their momemts
Some are good and loving especially with their owners. Other are extremely aggressive to strangers and other dogs and because of their build they can inflict a lot of damage.

It's like saying only responsible people can carry knives in public. It just doesn't work.
[quote][p][bold]gemma1981[/bold] wrote: I have staffys they are the most caring loyal dogs you could have its like kids I blame the owners but everyone always blames the staffy breed you don't realise how good and loving these dogs are I get sick of people slagging these dogs off my oldest son has been bitten of a Yorkshire . terrier they are a nasty dog when they want to be like all dogs they have their momemts[/p][/quote]Some are good and loving especially with their owners. Other are extremely aggressive to strangers and other dogs and because of their build they can inflict a lot of damage. It's like saying only responsible people can carry knives in public. It just doesn't work. Homshaw1
  • Score: 7

10:43am Fri 1 Aug 14

Copley23 says...

I'm afraid I read this slightly differently from the earlier posts......

This isn't about dogs running crazy.....this is about a woman who is scared and who wants EVERYBODY to tie their dogs up so she won't be scared anymore.
Not going to happen flower, it's really not. It's one of the trials of being a dog owner.

Stop trying to use your fears of one breed to brand every single dog owner as inconsiderate and dangerous. If you really get worried, buy it a pram or summat......or get a bigger garden......or, judging by the size of her dog, get it a hamster wheel.

But LEAVE decent law abiding dog owners out of this. We aren't all bad you know! Just the odd one is a baddun.....and we all know who they are. Bring back a steep licence fee, at least £150 should do it....!
I'm afraid I read this slightly differently from the earlier posts...... This isn't about dogs running crazy.....this is about a woman who is scared and who wants EVERYBODY to tie their dogs up so she won't be scared anymore. Not going to happen flower, it's really not. It's one of the trials of being a dog owner. Stop trying to use your fears of one breed to brand every single dog owner as inconsiderate and dangerous. If you really get worried, buy it a pram or summat......or get a bigger garden......or, judging by the size of her dog, get it a hamster wheel. But LEAVE decent law abiding dog owners out of this. We aren't all bad you know! Just the odd one is a baddun.....and we all know who they are. Bring back a steep licence fee, at least £150 should do it....! Copley23
  • Score: 1

12:22pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Homshaw1 says...

Copley23 wrote:
I'm afraid I read this slightly differently from the earlier posts......

This isn't about dogs running crazy.....this is about a woman who is scared and who wants EVERYBODY to tie their dogs up so she won't be scared anymore.
Not going to happen flower, it's really not. It's one of the trials of being a dog owner.

Stop trying to use your fears of one breed to brand every single dog owner as inconsiderate and dangerous. If you really get worried, buy it a pram or summat......or get a bigger garden......or, judging by the size of her dog, get it a hamster wheel.

But LEAVE decent law abiding dog owners out of this. We aren't all bad you know! Just the odd one is a baddun.....and we all know who they are. Bring back a steep licence fee, at least £150 should do it....!
She was actually bitten and her dog was badly hurt. She wasn't just scared

Potential dangerous breeds along with knives and guns are dangerous in the wrong hands and should be banned.

A steep license fee will be either paid or ignored but wouldn't stop chavs getting their hands on dangerous animals

It might only be a few dog owners causing the problem but the consequences can be grave
[quote][p][bold]Copley23[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid I read this slightly differently from the earlier posts...... This isn't about dogs running crazy.....this is about a woman who is scared and who wants EVERYBODY to tie their dogs up so she won't be scared anymore. Not going to happen flower, it's really not. It's one of the trials of being a dog owner. Stop trying to use your fears of one breed to brand every single dog owner as inconsiderate and dangerous. If you really get worried, buy it a pram or summat......or get a bigger garden......or, judging by the size of her dog, get it a hamster wheel. But LEAVE decent law abiding dog owners out of this. We aren't all bad you know! Just the odd one is a baddun.....and we all know who they are. Bring back a steep licence fee, at least £150 should do it....![/p][/quote]She was actually bitten and her dog was badly hurt. She wasn't just scared Potential dangerous breeds along with knives and guns are dangerous in the wrong hands and should be banned. A steep license fee will be either paid or ignored but wouldn't stop chavs getting their hands on dangerous animals It might only be a few dog owners causing the problem but the consequences can be grave Homshaw1
  • Score: 6

2:34pm Fri 1 Aug 14

railwaygrafter says...

The problem is that there is so much criminal *Anti-Social disorder on North East Streets now, a number of Humans should also be on a strong, secure lead and many areas and streets would be far safer.
The problem is that there is so much criminal *Anti-Social disorder on North East Streets now, a number of Humans should also be on a strong, secure lead and many areas and streets would be far safer. railwaygrafter
  • Score: 4

2:11pm Sat 2 Aug 14

capt manners says...

I am a Staff owner and they are the most loving breed going when in the correct owners hands.
The government need to bring in a system to prevent these chavs getting hold of them.
My proposal would be to bring in a new dog licence for all owners similar to a passport where owners would have to be validated by 2 professional persons before gaining a licence. Im sure this would stop the chavs getting any dog!
I hope the pet in question makes a full recovery and the idiot in question is found and prosecuted!
I am a Staff owner and they are the most loving breed going when in the correct owners hands. The government need to bring in a system to prevent these chavs getting hold of them. My proposal would be to bring in a new dog licence for all owners similar to a passport where owners would have to be validated by 2 professional persons before gaining a licence. Im sure this would stop the chavs getting any dog! I hope the pet in question makes a full recovery and the idiot in question is found and prosecuted! capt manners
  • Score: -1

4:02pm Sat 2 Aug 14

kristal27 says...

Copley23 wrote:
I'm afraid I read this slightly differently from the earlier posts......

This isn't about dogs running crazy.....this is about a woman who is scared and who wants EVERYBODY to tie their dogs up so she won't be scared anymore.
Not going to happen flower, it's really not. It's one of the trials of being a dog owner.

Stop trying to use your fears of one breed to brand every single dog owner as inconsiderate and dangerous. If you really get worried, buy it a pram or summat......or get a bigger garden......or, judging by the size of her dog, get it a hamster wheel.

But LEAVE decent law abiding dog owners out of this. We aren't all bad you know! Just the odd one is a baddun.....and we all know who they are. Bring back a steep licence fee, at least £150 should do it....!
so copley23 are you one of the 'decent law abiding' dog owners who come down our lane in copley letting their dogs sh*t in front of our house cos its 'in the country'?
[quote][p][bold]Copley23[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid I read this slightly differently from the earlier posts...... This isn't about dogs running crazy.....this is about a woman who is scared and who wants EVERYBODY to tie their dogs up so she won't be scared anymore. Not going to happen flower, it's really not. It's one of the trials of being a dog owner. Stop trying to use your fears of one breed to brand every single dog owner as inconsiderate and dangerous. If you really get worried, buy it a pram or summat......or get a bigger garden......or, judging by the size of her dog, get it a hamster wheel. But LEAVE decent law abiding dog owners out of this. We aren't all bad you know! Just the odd one is a baddun.....and we all know who they are. Bring back a steep licence fee, at least £150 should do it....![/p][/quote]so copley23 are you one of the 'decent law abiding' dog owners who come down our lane in copley letting their dogs sh*t in front of our house cos its 'in the country'? kristal27
  • Score: 2

6:36pm Sat 2 Aug 14

AMB_Gkar says...

Copley23 I take it the dog that bit her had all the jobs, etc. A friend of mine got bitten and had to goto hospital for jabs due to the "considerate law abiding " owner of a dog that was not on a lead and couldn't be bothered with vet stuff.

Why is there no description of the owner?

If your dog attacks someone then as far as I'm concerned its assault and saying sorry and walking off like this low life did does not do. Parks are for everyone and if your dog attacks another person/dog be prepared for consequences.
Copley23 I take it the dog that bit her had all the jobs, etc. A friend of mine got bitten and had to goto hospital for jabs due to the "considerate law abiding " owner of a dog that was not on a lead and couldn't be bothered with vet stuff. Why is there no description of the owner? If your dog attacks someone then as far as I'm concerned its assault and saying sorry and walking off like this low life did does not do. Parks are for everyone and if your dog attacks another person/dog be prepared for consequences. AMB_Gkar
  • Score: 3

8:23pm Sat 2 Aug 14

verdilith says...

boysibandit wrote:
We took our grandson up to Hill End last week as it was a hot day and there was a middle-aged couple sitting on the grass eating ice-cream while their Shih Tzu dog was chasing the sheep all over,someone did eventually go to them and tell them if they didn't get it on a lead they would phone the Police he had no intention of stopping it until he was told to do so..... now that's a very irresponsible dog owner indeed.
I *really* don't want to make light of the situation, but is anyone else thinking of Joe and Petunia in those coastguard informercials in the 70's?
[quote][p][bold]boysibandit[/bold] wrote: We took our grandson up to Hill End last week as it was a hot day and there was a middle-aged couple sitting on the grass eating ice-cream while their Shih Tzu dog was chasing the sheep all over,someone did eventually go to them and tell them if they didn't get it on a lead they would phone the Police he had no intention of stopping it until he was told to do so..... now that's a very irresponsible dog owner indeed.[/p][/quote]I *really* don't want to make light of the situation, but is anyone else thinking of Joe and Petunia in those coastguard informercials in the 70's? verdilith
  • Score: 0

8:51pm Sat 2 Aug 14

spragger says...

'believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier'
Unfortunately Staffies attract some right idiots as owners
They are not fit to be in charge of a dog kennel, let alone a potentially dangerous dog

Only responsible people put their dogs on leads, buy a licence (if there was one), clean up after dogs, chip them
The irresponsible owner will do none of these things
'believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier' Unfortunately Staffies attract some right idiots as owners They are not fit to be in charge of a dog kennel, let alone a potentially dangerous dog Only responsible people put their dogs on leads, buy a licence (if there was one), clean up after dogs, chip them The irresponsible owner will do none of these things spragger
  • Score: 3

10:40pm Sat 2 Aug 14

railwaygrafter says...

Apparently if you declare you have a dog to feed and you are a workshy druggie you can apply for more Social Security **British Nanny State Free workshy dole hand-out benefits. Is this true ?. Hence the reason that hordes of filthy looking workshy druggies have various dogs on rope leads, particularly in the North East of England.
Apparently if you declare you have a dog to feed and you are a workshy druggie you can apply for more Social Security **British Nanny State Free workshy dole hand-out benefits. Is this true ?. Hence the reason that hordes of filthy looking workshy druggies have various dogs on rope leads, particularly in the North East of England. railwaygrafter
  • Score: 0

11:12am Sun 3 Aug 14

Copley23 says...

kristal27 wrote:
Copley23 wrote:
I'm afraid I read this slightly differently from the earlier posts......

This isn't about dogs running crazy.....this is about a woman who is scared and who wants EVERYBODY to tie their dogs up so she won't be scared anymore.
Not going to happen flower, it's really not. It's one of the trials of being a dog owner.

Stop trying to use your fears of one breed to brand every single dog owner as inconsiderate and dangerous. If you really get worried, buy it a pram or summat......or get a bigger garden......or, judging by the size of her dog, get it a hamster wheel.

But LEAVE decent law abiding dog owners out of this. We aren't all bad you know! Just the odd one is a baddun.....and we all know who they are. Bring back a steep licence fee, at least £150 should do it....!
so copley23 are you one of the 'decent law abiding' dog owners who come down our lane in copley letting their dogs sh*t in front of our house cos its 'in the country'?
No, I'm not. Are you?
[quote][p][bold]kristal27[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Copley23[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid I read this slightly differently from the earlier posts...... This isn't about dogs running crazy.....this is about a woman who is scared and who wants EVERYBODY to tie their dogs up so she won't be scared anymore. Not going to happen flower, it's really not. It's one of the trials of being a dog owner. Stop trying to use your fears of one breed to brand every single dog owner as inconsiderate and dangerous. If you really get worried, buy it a pram or summat......or get a bigger garden......or, judging by the size of her dog, get it a hamster wheel. But LEAVE decent law abiding dog owners out of this. We aren't all bad you know! Just the odd one is a baddun.....and we all know who they are. Bring back a steep licence fee, at least £150 should do it....![/p][/quote]so copley23 are you one of the 'decent law abiding' dog owners who come down our lane in copley letting their dogs sh*t in front of our house cos its 'in the country'?[/p][/quote]No, I'm not. Are you? Copley23
  • Score: 3

3:19pm Sun 3 Aug 14

railwaygrafter says...

Can a decent dog owner come ?.... and remove the plastic bags of dog faeces which have accumulated over past months and seen hanging from one of my garden trees. I am sick and tired of moving them over the years. The dogs faeces have been thrown over my garden wall by a minority of *bone idle, pig ignorant litter louts*** who if caught should be fined on the spot and named and shamed in the local newspaper. (They name and shame people riding the Metro without a Ticket, so Why not LITTER LOUTS.
Can a decent dog owner come ?.... and remove the plastic bags of dog faeces which have accumulated over past months and seen hanging from one of my garden trees. I am sick and tired of moving them over the years. The dogs faeces have been thrown over my garden wall by a minority of *bone idle, pig ignorant litter louts*** who if caught should be fined on the spot and named and shamed in the local newspaper. (They name and shame people riding the Metro without a Ticket, so Why not LITTER LOUTS. railwaygrafter
  • Score: 1

6:06pm Sun 3 Aug 14

capt manners says...

capt manners wrote:
I am a Staff owner and they are the most loving breed going when in the correct owners hands.
The government need to bring in a system to prevent these chavs getting hold of them.
My proposal would be to bring in a new dog licence for all owners similar to a passport where owners would have to be validated by 2 professional persons before gaining a licence. Im sure this would stop the chavs getting any dog!
I hope the pet in question makes a full recovery and the idiot in question is found and prosecuted!
Cant understand what ive said wrong here to get 4 negative thumbs!
[quote][p][bold]capt manners[/bold] wrote: I am a Staff owner and they are the most loving breed going when in the correct owners hands. The government need to bring in a system to prevent these chavs getting hold of them. My proposal would be to bring in a new dog licence for all owners similar to a passport where owners would have to be validated by 2 professional persons before gaining a licence. Im sure this would stop the chavs getting any dog! I hope the pet in question makes a full recovery and the idiot in question is found and prosecuted![/p][/quote]Cant understand what ive said wrong here to get 4 negative thumbs! capt manners
  • Score: 4

6:58pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Border Terrier says...

As a self employed tradesman I do a lot of work in peoples homes.
I am a big dog lover. The most friendly and loveable dogs I have come across have been Staffies. Its the people who own them not the dogs.FACT!
As a self employed tradesman I do a lot of work in peoples homes. I am a big dog lover. The most friendly and loveable dogs I have come across have been Staffies. Its the people who own them not the dogs.FACT! Border Terrier
  • Score: 4

10:15am Mon 4 Aug 14

Risk555 says...

A good old staffie eh.

Who would have thought it.
A good old staffie eh. Who would have thought it. Risk555
  • Score: 1

12:06pm Mon 4 Aug 14

spyathome says...

I'm not a dog fan - they all should be kept on leads.

Are you sure most of these 'staffies' and actually SBT?

A SBT is a short, stubby bear like dog.

A lot of the dogs I see being by walked by chavsc.m are appear to be more American Bull terrier - big tall, powerful dogs, which are banned in the UK, so they claim they are staffies or staffie-crosses.
I'm not a dog fan - they all should be kept on leads. Are you sure most of these 'staffies' and actually SBT? A SBT is a short, stubby bear like dog. A lot of the dogs I see being by walked by chavsc.m are appear to be more American Bull terrier - big tall, powerful dogs, which are banned in the UK, so they claim they are staffies or staffie-crosses. spyathome
  • Score: 1

3:03pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Homshaw1 says...

Border Terrier wrote:
As a self employed tradesman I do a lot of work in peoples homes.
I am a big dog lover. The most friendly and loveable dogs I have come across have been Staffies. Its the people who own them not the dogs.FACT!
As a self employed person who regularly visits people I have totally the opposite opinion. FACT
[quote][p][bold]Border Terrier[/bold] wrote: As a self employed tradesman I do a lot of work in peoples homes. I am a big dog lover. The most friendly and loveable dogs I have come across have been Staffies. Its the people who own them not the dogs.FACT![/p][/quote]As a self employed person who regularly visits people I have totally the opposite opinion. FACT Homshaw1
  • Score: -1

9:07pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Border Terrier says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
Border Terrier wrote:
As a self employed tradesman I do a lot of work in peoples homes.
I am a big dog lover. The most friendly and loveable dogs I have come across have been Staffies. Its the people who own them not the dogs.FACT!
As a self employed person who regularly visits people I have totally the opposite opinion. FACT
You must have "Ruff" clientele then!
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Border Terrier[/bold] wrote: As a self employed tradesman I do a lot of work in peoples homes. I am a big dog lover. The most friendly and loveable dogs I have come across have been Staffies. Its the people who own them not the dogs.FACT![/p][/quote]As a self employed person who regularly visits people I have totally the opposite opinion. FACT[/p][/quote]You must have "Ruff" clientele then! Border Terrier
  • Score: 2

9:42pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Mr Angry Man says...

Simple answer is muzzle all dogs then no-one wud get bitten. No muzzle, owner fined and dog destroyed end ov.
Simple answer is muzzle all dogs then no-one wud get bitten. No muzzle, owner fined and dog destroyed end ov. Mr Angry Man
  • Score: -2

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