Monday, August 14, 2006
Killer dog on the loose!
Attack of the killer Akita
Curly was as shocked as everyone else to learn last week of the attack by an Akita dog on a defenceless Jack Russell puppy, Lisa Allen, 15, the puppy's owner was of course extremely upset and distraught at the senseless mauling and killing of her small pet. Conversely the owner of the Akita attack dog was reported in the Shields Gazette as showing no emotion as she extricated the dying puppy from the monster's jaws.
We now learn that such a dog cannot be described (legally) as dangerous or out of control unless it attacks a human. Apparently this distinction is made in the Dangerous Dogs Act.
After reading of my experience of being attacked by a pack of six dogs near Station Road, Lisa's father Michael has emailed the Corner Shop with these thoughts;
After my reading of your comment where you were face to face with travellers and their dogs, be comforted by the fact the Police actually sent someone to see you.
Michael has since emailed David Miliband, and because his is the responsible Department, he is faced with a conflict of interest in trying to make a decision on behalf of one of his constituents, David is now trying to find a neutral local MP to raise the matter on Mr. Allen's behalf. I hope this approach succeeds and that Parliament is able to seek an amendment to the Dangerous Dogs Act.
The website given by Michael quotes this about the Japanese Akita;
The Akita is very aggressive to other dogs and animals and should therefore never be allowed to run off its lead around other animals. It should definitely be supervised with other household pets and children. They are capable of ferocity, but with firm training, can make a fine pet. Obedience training requires patience, as these dogs tend to get bored quickly. The breed has had many uses, first as an Imperial guard dog, then as a fighting dog, hunter of deer and bear, for sledding, and for police, army and guard work.
The Japanese may be well versed in training and controlling the Akita, but one has to question whether they make a suitable pet for a family in suburban homes in Britain.
The Shields Gazette.
Curly, Thank you for your support and kindness, infact the whole Biddick Hall area for the support and kind words. We've been getting letters and cards from all over South Tyneside, and just goes to show when one of us is down, as Geordies we pull together as a community, that's why Im proud of this town and the people in it. As for the law, well thats another matter and Ive been pointed by the right people to the highest levels so someone is doing something, I just hope it can be resolved, because to me just getting the dog destroyed that done it is not justice. The dog was not to blame in any way shape or form, but it's the one that will end up being put down so in reality, that owner is responsible for the death of two dogs.Post a Comment
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