Savage King’s Lynn dog attack prompts calls for dogs to be kept on leads

Jean Tuck at her home in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Jean Tuck at her home in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A grandmother-of-two is calling for dogs to be kept on their leads after her two pets were savaged in front of her eyes.

Jean Tuck watched in horror as her chihuahua-type dogs, Phoebe and Podge, were killed by four Staffordshire bull terriers, which were off their leads.

The 83-year-old said that, since the incident last week, she had not been able to take her other dog, Smedley, a Staffordshire bull terrier, to The Walks, in King's Lynn, where Phoebe and Podge were killed.

But despite her initial reservations, she is now contemplating adopting two more dogs.

She said: 'I'm getting better – one has to – and we've always had dogs, so we are looking to get two more chihuahuas.

'I don't mind whether they are boys or girls but they need to be two together.

'But I have not been back to The Walks.'

The former college lecturer and magistrate, who lives in King's Lynn, is calling for all dogs to be kept on leads in The Walks between 8am and 6pm.

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Other dog walkers in the area have taken to social media to back her suggestion including one woman, who did not wish to be named, who said: 'All dogs in parks and public places should remain on the lead, no matter how friendly they are.

'Also if you have children, dogs running up to them can be a problem.'

However, John Thomson, who is in his 60s and regularly took his two-year-old golden retriever to The Walks, said dogs needed to have off-the-lead exercise.

He said: 'Dogs and dog owners can equally enjoy The Walks, providing dog owners act responsibly.'

A West Norfolk Council spokesman said: 'Introducing regulations to require dogs to be kept on a lead is something that we could look at doing in the future, if there is support and demand for them.'

A man and a woman, both in their 40s, were arrested in connection with the dog attack, which happened near the entrance to The Walks, on Tuesday, December 1, at about noon. Both were bailed until January

15.

The four dogs have been securely boarded at kennels.

•Have the dog attacks stopped you taking your pets to The Walks? You can leave your comments below.