Appeal to keep dogs on leads after Jack Russell cross savaged in Norwich park

Beryl Brown with Lucky. Photo: Bill Smith Beryl Brown with Lucky. Photo: Bill Smith

Monday, August 18, 2014
6:30 AM

A woman who feared for her dog’s life after it was attacked in a park has appealed for other owners to obey signs asking them to keep their pets on a lead.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Jeff Brown was walking Lucky, a 14-year-old Jack Russell cross, in Jenny Lind Park in Norwich at about 4pm last Tuesday when he was bitten by a dog which was not on a lead.

His wife Beryl said: “As soon as [the other owner] let it off, it just came straight for our dog, and got it around the throat. My husband said he yelled at the woman, they took the dog off, which was good, and she said that he or she had never done it before.”

Although Lucky, who suffers from cataracts, was able to walk back to his owner’s home in Trinity Street, Mrs Brown found blood and torn skin on the right side of his neck.

A vet, who treated Lucky within 15 minutes, found that he had also been injured on the left side of his neck.

Mrs Brown said: “When we picked him up he was still very groggy from the sedation but we were, as can be imagined, very grateful for our vet’s care because as he is such an old dog we could have lost him.”

She said she and her husband had always kept Lucky on a lead since signs asking owners to do so were put up about two years ago, but she was concerned that other owners did not, especially because there is a playground in the park.

She said she was now too scared to walk Lucky in the park.

It was the second time Lucky, who came from the Meadowgreen Dog Rescue Centre, near Loddon, six years ago, had been attacked in the park.

The previous attack, which Mrs Brown said was much worse, saw a Staffordshire Bull Terrier set upon Lucky in January 2012.

She said: “It worries me that you just can’t comfortably take your dog for a walk over there.”

Mrs Brown said that Lucky appeared to be recovering well from the attack, and the wounds had not become infected.

However, he is still on painkillers, and is due to return to the vet on Wednesday to have clips removed from the wounds.

What do you think? Write (giving your full contact details) to: The Letters Editor, Norwich Evening News, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

16 comments

  • Firstly they always say "there've never done that before!" When my dog was attacked by a Rottweiller on Mousehold Heath the owner said that but on checking with the dog warden the dog had bitten before. Secondly all dogs can bite but obviously a larger dog, particularly bull-breeds, are going to have much more strength in their jaws and therefore inflict more damage. Sadly these type of attacks are becoming more frequent as status dogs are more prevalent in society. Fortuantely I manager to haul the attacking Staffy off my dog when he was attacked in June last year but then was assaulted by the owner. This dog had also attacked a neighbour's dog before and yet was still off-lead! I an now very wary of certain types of dogs and I would recommend carrying an alarm to protect your dog on walks. Certain types are legal so please check as some are not. I feel so sorry for elderly people walking their dogs as they must be terrified and feel unable to protect their pets if necessary.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Kerryowner

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I think you lost the plot Mr T

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    turnover

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Now I am not a dog owner but there is an increase in incidents concerning dogs, I have always believed there is not a bad dog, just bad dog owners, as others have stated, dogs need to be well behaved, trained and controlled. The point I take issue with are the comments saying dog owners are the most selfish, irresponsible people, leaving mess etc. So in defence of dog owners there are one collection of pet owners who are far more irresponsible than dog owners, the totally inconsiderate cat owner, yep, that wonderful person who buys a pet, kicks it out to use everyone else's garden as a toilet and never cleans up, allows them to destroy in excess of 50 million wild birds annually, never bothers where it is and has no control over it. Maybe laws should be changed so that all cats must wear collars and bells. Why is it there is nothing to control these ever increasing pest, yes, pests, they may be pets to some, as dogs are, but to the majority they are pests. Great on a farm, where they belong. Why is it even the RSPB seem unable to do anything to protect the wild life that is declining so quickly?

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Mr T

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • 99% of the time its a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in the News causing problems again and again, their owners say "My Staffy wouldn't hurt a fly" yeah right !!! I am getting fed up hearing about Staffordshire Bull Terriers biting people and other dogs... I take my dog miles away from Norwich away from people and other dogs... and also small children get bitten when they constantly tap or hit a dog on the head, I am sure if someone kept patting me on the head I would bite them also...

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Footyboy16

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • I think one of the problems is that dog owners simply fail to realise that most people do not like dogs and are intimidated by a large dog running at them, plus we all have different standards and most dog owners see nothing wrong in their dogs attacking others or for that matter leaving dog mess everywhere.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    michaelfane

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • The huge rise in the number of people being killed and injured by dogs could be linked to the increase in the number of dogs being imported from Romania etc , after all it was a rescue dog that killed a child in the East Midlands

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Ryan Bure

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • A dog is as good as its owner. You can have nasty little dogs or nasty big dogs. It's how you train them. Ours are taught to go to the toilet before going on to a beach or in a park. The only problem is when they are on a lead and another dog off the lead runs to them. They feel restricted and will be defensive. It's the small yappy dogs that cause the most stress to them. @Blister. You obviously have issues. My money is on you being a cyclist. Likes to dress up in lycra and suffers from rage of every kind... get help!

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Andy T

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • One can only assume that Mr Mayhem wrote his comment on his laptop (purchased with taxpayers money) while sitting on his lazy backside (wearing trousers paid for by taxpayers money) while his wonderful dog is eating lunch (paid for by taxpayers money). Can't we do something to get these ignorant people and their stupid comments away from commenting??

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Lesa

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Have to agree that there has been a massive increase in attacks by uncontrolled dogs, maybe the types of breed are to blame plus dog owners don't seem to care about the damage they cause by attacking people or about the huge amount of mess they leave, maybe time has come to limit where they can go, certainly they should be banned from beaches and parks

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    michaelfane

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Our dog is now 16 and will be the last one in our household, having owned dogs all our adult lives. Dog attacks ARE on the increase and I have had to seriously limit the places I can walk our dog due to nasty dogs with irresponsible owners. My dogs have been pinned to the ground, been bitten and jumped on. I have had huge dogs nearly knock me to the ground, I have been circled by snarling dogs and I must hate it. There is no enjoyment taking your dog for a walk when this happens on an almost daily basis. I always have my dog on a lead if there are other people and dogs around even though I train my dog to sit, wait etc. I expect others to do the same but they don't. I am now in a position where I put my dog in the car and we drive to an isolated field where we walk and know where every single gap in the hedge is, if we need to exit quickly. All dogs should be on leads in public places.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    samphirelover

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • @Ryan Bure dog attacks aren't on the increase just the reporting of them as this makes newspapers sell no one wants to read about the thousands of dogs that go to places without incident. It’s the same with all news the more outrageous and controversial it is the more likely it’ll be printed. @Blister were you abused by a dog when you were younger? can't understand you utter hatred for dogs. you seem to troll through this site and every comment you make is regarding dogs and how they should be banned regardless of the original story. Get a life! Not all dogs are dangerous and it's usually the owners fault. I have a dog and it comes off the lead (where it is allowed) and never have any issues. Responsible owners train their dogs. There are parks where dogs are not allowed if you don’t like dogs or want to see them then I suggest you go to these places. Dogs have and always will be a part of life. Dogs will fight as will humans (look at POW road on a weekend) should these all be destroyed too? I think irresponsible owners should be held more accountable for their dogs actions but not all dogs should be tarnished with the same brush. Licensing would be a good idea and having every dog insured should be mandatory to protect against the worst case scenarios.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    anon

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • As a dog owner I agree that all dogs should be on leads especially in parks that are frequented by lots of members of the public, in fact most parks requests dogs on lead but there is no one to enforce it and hence I do not take my dogs to these parks as off lead dogs are a problem to dog owners whose dogs are on lead too! I am able to take my dogs to places where they can have a short run off lead and then are placed back on their leads and even then you do come across problem dogs . I feel for the older members of our community who have to use the local parks and are fearful. However we are a nation of animal lovers and dogs bring a lot of joy to many people so a blanket ban will not work, as the small minority will take not notice which happens in many walks of life. Blister I have read many of your comments and quite clearly you are not a dog lover, the dog owners sometimes are lonely people and their dog is their only company. Do you include in your comments the blind and other disabled people to whom a dog is vital to them? Are they selfish dog owners? I totally agree it is the uncontrolled dogs that cause problems to everyone.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    random

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • "she said that he or she had never done it before." That's what they all say. Could have been a small child attacked..............................Ban all dogs from public parks!

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    marty r

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Dog owners are amongst the most selfish people in the country and simply take no notice of signs telling them to keep their dog on a lead, there have been far to many deaths of children, adults and other pets caused by uncontrolled dogs

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    blister

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • There does seem to have been a huge increase of dog attacks on both people and other animals, perhaps the answer is to ban dogs from public places, that would have the advantage of keeping everywhere clear of dog mess

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Ryan Bure

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Just another in a series of savage attacks of dogs on people and dogs on dogs, most dog owners are very selfish and will never take notice of signs about dogs on leads, there have even been deer and sheep killed at Blickling despite signage, not to mention the large amount of dog mess left everywhere for someone else to pick up

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    blister

    Monday, August 18, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Norfolk Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

Five-day forecast

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT