Teens witness dog fatally attack deer on Mundesley beach

PUBLISHED: 13:05 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:37 26 June 2017

From the beach huts at Mundesley Beach, Emma Wymer witnessed the dog attack.

From the beach huts at Mundesley Beach, Emma Wymer witnessed the dog attack.

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Tranquillity turned to tragedy on Mundesley beach when two teens enjoying a late night stroll witnessed a vicious dog attack.

Emma Wymer with boyfriend Toby Bonham. Picture: Emma Wymer.Emma Wymer with boyfriend Toby Bonham. Picture: Emma Wymer.

Emma Wymer and her boyfriend Toby Bonham were walking along Mundesley beach at approximately 9.30pm on Sunday, June 18, when they witnessed a pair of deer running down the beach.

Miss Wymer, 19, said: “It was quite a strange thing to see deer on a beach, but then we noticed a dog chasing them.

“One of the deer ran off and managed to get away but the dog had bitten the other on the leg. My boyfriend ran over and pulled the dog off the deer, and then the deer ran into the water. The dog chased it into the sea and the deer kept swimming out, and didn’t resurface.”

The care assistant continued: “We waited for about 20 minutes to see if the deer would come back out but it didn’t. I was crying.”

The pair say that the owner of the dog, which was a black labrador-type, made no effort to intervene into the drama.

The North Walsham resident continued: “When the dog chased the deer into the sea Toby went in after it to pull it back onto the beach.

“I was standing up near the beach huts watching what happened. The dog’s owner didn’t call the dog or even thank us afterwards. I don’t think dogs are even allowed off their leads on that part of the beach.”

A spokesperson from the Mundesley coastguard said: “There are areas of the beach which at certain times dogs must be kept on leads, at other times further from public space they are allowed off lead all year round.”

Miss Wymer describes the owner to be a man in his 30s or 40s, of mid-height, and dark hair.

Miss Wymer continued: “The deer looked like a Muntjac of some sort. If I saw the owner again I’d tell him just keep his dog on a lead, and appreciate what Toby and I did.”

A spokesman from the Norfolk Police said: “When a dog attacks another dog, or other animal, on or off lead, this is a civil offence under Section 2 Dogs Act 1871. This incident would certainly be one which could be dealt with by way of a dog incident form, but would not be recordable as a crime under our guidelines. There may be an offence which the council deal with, depending on whether it is a controlled beach by them.”

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