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Barrow labrador owner calls for tougher laws after dog attack

AN OUTRAGED Barrow animal lover has called for owners to keep their dogs on a lead after his pet labrador was attacked on a family walk.

Robert Fleming was walking his seven-month-old dog, Gin, in Abbots Wood, Barrow, on Sunday morning when his pet was set on by a Staffordshire bull terrier.

Mr Fleming, 30, of Silverdale Street, Barrow was enjoying a family day out with his wife Sarah and young sons Alex and Joseph when the attack occurred.

Gin was left with chest injuries and a cut on his back leg and required painkillers, antibiotics and steroids. As a result of the attack, Mr Fleming faced a £300 vets bill.

He said: “Gin is a nervous dog since the attack, he’s nervous around Staffies and those sort of dogs now.

“I want to try and change the law about dangerous dogs and to get people to keep their dogs on a lead, a lot of people as soon as they in a little grassy area let the dogs off the lead.

“People need to think about the consequences of what they are doing, it really winds me up.”

After police issued an appeal for information about the attack, the Evening Mail’s Facebook page was inundated with photos from proud Staffie owners eager to show the dogs are not an inherently aggressive breed.

Mr Fleming was also keen to point out that the other dog was not at fault. He said: “I don't blame the dog itself, I just blame the owner for not taking care of it properly.”

A spokesman for Cumbria police said: “Dogs should be kept under close control at all times. Some dogs have been trained to be off the lead, however people should always use caution when approaching any other dog and have responsibility for their own pet.

“All dog owners have a responsibility under the Dangerous Dog act to have their dog under proper control whether in a public place or private domain.

“Some dog owners will say ‘my dog will never run off or attack’, but they just don't know.

“It is always better to be safe than sorry and keep your dog on a lead.”

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the owner of the Staffie which attacked Gin to contact them on 101.

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problem with all pit bull types is they attract the wrong type of owner. From experience, they are often re homed without a background check on the individual or type of home they are going to, if there was, the dog has little chance. The owners would not get a license, or pay for insurance, most are on the PDSA scheme as it is, as majority of owners are on benefit. Which leads to the point, benefit is to give a basic level of finance for a basic life style, not to own a dog

Posted by jjj on 17 August 2014 at 17:10

the amount of people I see when walking by labrador teaching their dogs how to walk off a lead is unbelievable! The owner may trust their dog but you just never know what they might do! I also see plenty of aggresive smaller dogs like Yorkie's, just goes to show it's how the dog is brought up not the breed of dog!

Posted by Becca on 17 August 2014 at 09:32

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