Disabled man banned from UEA campus after dog kills squirrel in front of students

Gary Vicary and his dog Monty have been banned from walking on the UEA grounds.
Picture: ANTONY KELL

Gary Vicary and his dog Monty have been banned from walking on the UEA grounds. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A disabled man has been banned from the University of East Anglia (UEA) after his dog killed a squirrel in front of horrified students.

Gary Vicary and his dog Monty have been banned from walking on the UEA grounds.
Picture: ANTONY KELL

Gary Vicary and his dog Monty have been banned from walking on the UEA grounds. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Gary Vicary, from Roe Drive in Norwich, said he felt 'victimised' by the university as he was unable to stop his dog Monty from attacking the animal.

The 47-year-old said he was then verbally abused by three female students who witnessed the incident last Wednesday.

When he reported it to campus security, he claimed he was ordered to leave the area and was banned from returning.

Mr Vicary, who is disabled due to being crushed by a four-tonne road roller in 2011, said: 'I believe I'm being treated unfairly.

Gary Vicary and his dog Monty have been banned from walking on the UEA grounds.
Picture: ANTONY KELL

Gary Vicary and his dog Monty have been banned from walking on the UEA grounds. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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'I would never allow my dog to kill a rabbit or squirrel, but if one runs into his path there is nothing I can do.'

'I was walking down some steps when it happened. Next thing I knew there were three girls screaming abuse at me.'

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He said his dog, which is a husky and Australian dingo mix, was off the lead at the time.

But he said his pet was well trained and friendly towards humans.

Mr Vicary, who walks with a crutch and has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, claimed security was targeting him due to a previous incident.

He said he snapped a rabbit's neck on the campus earlier in the summer after it was hit by a speeding car.

'I had to put it out of its misery,' he said. 'But I've had abuse ever since then and I think people have just been jumping on the band wagon.'

He is now appealing for the university to lift the ban.

Mr Vicary said the campus and Earlham Park were the only places where he felt safe walking through due to CCTV coverage of the area.

'It's really important for me because it's right on my doorstep and I have been using that route for four years,' he said.

A spokesman for the UEA said it was unable to comment on individual cases, but added: 'We are delighted to welcome visitors on to our beautiful campus and work hard to ensure it remains a pleasant environment for staff, students and members of the public.

'In order for us to do this and for people to continue to enjoy their visits, it is important that everyone maintains a certain standard of behaviour.'

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