Teen traumatised after dog attack

Swindon Advertiser: Sam Poynter with his dog Snowy, who was attacked by a rottweiller Sam Poynter with his dog Snowy, who was attacked by a rottweiller

A TEENAGER has been left too traumatised to take his dog out after a Rottweiler attacked his pet while he was walking near his home.

Sam Poynter was walking Snowy, a Bichon Frise, in the green space near the children’s play area in Pinehurst when a Rottweiler, which was not on a lead, ran over to them.

The dog picked Snowy up in its mouth and shook him violently, leaving him with two puncture wounds, nerve damage, a broken jaw and damage to his front leg.

Sam, 16, who is a student at New College, said: “The other dog just ran over from behind the bushes. “My dog, which was on a lead, is only small.

“First of all I was panicking and then I was in shock. “The owner was standing in front of me trying to pull off his dog. I couldn’t do anything about it.

“When it let go I picked up my dog and took her to the vets. “I was panicking all the way there, when you see something like that is is quite scary. I thought he was going to die.”

Snowy received treatment from Drove vets after the incident on November 11, including stitches, medication, and wire in his jaw, which has cost the family more than £600 so far.

One of the puncture wounds was close to Snowy’s heart and it would have been fatal if it was any nearer.

“He is recovering and he has got better.,” said Sam.

“They had to shave some of his fur off and you could see the red blotches and puncture wound.” “It has had quite a big impact on me. I used to take him out every day but I don’t know if I would want to take him out again.

“I have been out since it happened but I haven’t walked the dog.”

The family contacted the police but it is not classed as a criminal act under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

A spokesman for Swindon Council said they are currently investigating the incident.

Sam’s mother Charlotte has launched an e-petition and written to the Government in a bid to get the Dangerous Dogs Act changed. Her petition, which is called Legislation Needs To Change For Dog On Dog Attacks, has 28 signatures so far.

“I just find it unbelievable that a powerful dog like a Rottweiler can run around near a children’s play area, attack and nearly kill another dog and nothing can be done,” she said.

“If a dog attacks another dog there are no laws to prosecute the owners, it is only a criminal offence if it bites a person.

“Legislation needs to change to protect our pets. “The owners need to be liable for any cost incurred and either restrictions put on their dog or the dog to be destroyed depending on the individual case. “Any owner deemed to be irresponsible should be banned from owning dogs and their dog taken off them.”

To sign the petition visit epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41862 or search on Facebook for “Stop innocent dogs getting attacked.”

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10:18am Wed 21 Nov 12

oldlegtrailer says...

This must stop Rottweilers are not pets. They should be muzzled in public or preferably restricted to private property only. How long before this is a child or baby?
This must stop Rottweilers are not pets. They should be muzzled in public or preferably restricted to private property only. How long before this is a child or baby? oldlegtrailer

10:40am Wed 21 Nov 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Why does it need to be classed as a dangerous dog, for a dog attack to be a criminal offense?

Surely all dog attacks in public places are criminal offenses in one way or another; even if its just the dog out of control.
Why does it need to be classed as a dangerous dog, for a dog attack to be a criminal offense? Surely all dog attacks in public places are criminal offenses in one way or another; even if its just the dog out of control. LordAshOfTheBrake

11:09am Wed 21 Nov 12

dglaholm says...

All dogs should be on a lead while on public land.
I tried to get the Council to introduce this some years ago but they refused.
..Its time the law was changed.
All dogs should be on a lead while on public land. I tried to get the Council to introduce this some years ago but they refused. ..Its time the law was changed. dglaholm

11:53am Wed 21 Nov 12

anonpete says...

The law says a person has to be attacked for it to constitute a criminal offence, dog on dog doesnt count. Massive gap in the law.
The law says a person has to be attacked for it to constitute a criminal offence, dog on dog doesnt count. Massive gap in the law. anonpete

12:01pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Davey Gravey says...

oldlegtrailer wrote:
This must stop Rottweilers are not pets. They should be muzzled in public or preferably restricted to private property only. How long before this is a child or baby?
Good lord. A typically hysterical response. A dog is a dog is a dog. Dogs fight other dogs which doesn't mean it will attack a human. That said as a dog owner myself I'd welcome stricter rules and regulations.
[quote][p][bold]oldlegtrailer[/bold] wrote: This must stop Rottweilers are not pets. They should be muzzled in public or preferably restricted to private property only. How long before this is a child or baby?[/p][/quote]Good lord. A typically hysterical response. A dog is a dog is a dog. Dogs fight other dogs which doesn't mean it will attack a human. That said as a dog owner myself I'd welcome stricter rules and regulations. Davey Gravey

12:33pm Wed 21 Nov 12

I 2 Could B says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
oldlegtrailer wrote:
This must stop Rottweilers are not pets. They should be muzzled in public or preferably restricted to private property only. How long before this is a child or baby?
Good lord. A typically hysterical response. A dog is a dog is a dog. Dogs fight other dogs which doesn't mean it will attack a human. That said as a dog owner myself I'd welcome stricter rules and regulations.
I tend to agree. Some people seem to make the mistake of thinking that if an animal is called a 'pet', it somehow ceases to be an animal.

All dogs will bite and attack under certain circumstances, no matter how good the owner and no matter what those owners might think about their little darling.

Having said that, obviously some dogs are more likely to attack and be violent than others.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldlegtrailer[/bold] wrote: This must stop Rottweilers are not pets. They should be muzzled in public or preferably restricted to private property only. How long before this is a child or baby?[/p][/quote]Good lord. A typically hysterical response. A dog is a dog is a dog. Dogs fight other dogs which doesn't mean it will attack a human. That said as a dog owner myself I'd welcome stricter rules and regulations.[/p][/quote]I tend to agree. Some people seem to make the mistake of thinking that if an animal is called a 'pet', it somehow ceases to be an animal. [p] All dogs will bite and attack under certain circumstances, no matter how good the owner and no matter what those owners might think about their little darling. [p] Having said that, obviously some dogs are more likely to attack and be violent than others. I 2 Could B

12:35pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Highworth Lad says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
oldlegtrailer wrote: This must stop Rottweilers are not pets. They should be muzzled in public or preferably restricted to private property only. How long before this is a child or baby?
Good lord. A typically hysterical response. A dog is a dog is a dog. Dogs fight other dogs which doesn't mean it will attack a human. That said as a dog owner myself I'd welcome stricter rules and regulations.
have to agree, I have a freind that has two rottweilers and teen children. They have never hurt them or anyone else.
AGAIN its all down to the owner looking after the dog and training it correctly.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldlegtrailer[/bold] wrote: This must stop Rottweilers are not pets. They should be muzzled in public or preferably restricted to private property only. How long before this is a child or baby?[/p][/quote]Good lord. A typically hysterical response. A dog is a dog is a dog. Dogs fight other dogs which doesn't mean it will attack a human. That said as a dog owner myself I'd welcome stricter rules and regulations.[/p][/quote]have to agree, I have a freind that has two rottweilers and teen children. They have never hurt them or anyone else. AGAIN its all down to the owner looking after the dog and training it correctly. Highworth Lad

1:50pm Wed 21 Nov 12

PJC says...

I have nothing against dogs or their responsible owners, however I would be glad to see a return to licensing and compulsory identity chips. Most dog owners are responsible. We need to make it difficult for the minority who aren't.
I have nothing against dogs or their responsible owners, however I would be glad to see a return to licensing and compulsory identity chips. Most dog owners are responsible. We need to make it difficult for the minority who aren't. PJC

8:30pm Thu 22 Nov 12

DogStuff says...

Dog on dog attacks are covered by law. In England and Wales (it differs in Scotland and NI) they are covered by the Dogs Act 1871.
However as the article states it is not a criminal offence. It is a civil one, that can be brought be either the police, the local authority or any member of the public. However if there are "grounds for reasonable apprehension that it will injure any person", it falls under Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 section 3. In simple terms if you fear you may get attacked during the dog fight, you may have a case under criminal law. Either way, the dog -v- dog attack remains a civil case.
Dog on dog attacks are covered by law. In England and Wales (it differs in Scotland and NI) they are covered by the Dogs Act 1871. However as the article states it is not a criminal offence. It is a civil one, that can be brought be either the police, the local authority or any member of the public. However if there are "grounds for reasonable apprehension that it will injure any person", it falls under Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 section 3. In simple terms if you fear you may get attacked during the dog fight, you may have a case under criminal law. Either way, the dog -v- dog attack remains a civil case. DogStuff

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