Little dog was victim of 'awful' attack in Birkenhead Park

Dog was attacked in Birkenhead Park

Dog was attacked in Birkenhead Park

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WHILE in Birkenhead Park my husband and I witnessed what looked like a Staffordshire bull terrier attack a little dog and was ripping it to bits; it was awful, really upsetting.

We saw the bigger dog go for the little one, and the owners of both were trying for about ten minutes to prize apart the Staff’s jaws off the little dog, horrendous.

Two community officers came over, but didn’t seem to take any details from either owner, which I thought was strange, and let the owner of the attacking dog just leave without any action.

We were only discussing ten minutes earlier before the incident that dogs seemed to be taking over the park, and about how many people let their dogs run wild off a lead to use the park as a toilet.

It's very worrying to think there’s so many little children running around with these nasty, unpredictable dogs on the loose.

Why do so many people in Birkenhead own these bull terrier cross breeds?

There seems to be report after report of attacks from them every other day in our local newspaper.

Collette by email.

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1:08pm Mon 25 Aug 14

artymum69 says...

As awful as this is and as horrible as it must have been for the writer to witness and the owners to go through, it's not the fault of the dogs.

People get it wrong all the time, it's not the breed of dogs that's at fault, it's the way they are trained- or not.

The owners are at fault for not training their dog well enough, it could be any dog though. We own a larger dog, (a rescue who was abandoned no doubt as the owners realised how big she grew or how much exercise she needed) who is walked regularly and trained well, she's soft and gentle as you like but I personally don't allow her off lead in public areas, we take her to enclosed places to go off lead for her safety, would hate for her to run off or knock a child over accidentally when she runs. we also ALWAYS clean up after her.
We so far have never had a problem with similar large breed dogs or even staffs but do find some smaller breed dogs can seem really aggressive towards her, and the owners then give us dirty looks as if its her fault for some reason even though she's on her lead and doing nothing wrong.

I've always put it down to lack of socialising or training though, not the dog itself.

I really believe specific offical offlead areas should be made available and licensing would help, not the dogs....the owners, with mandatory training included in the licence cost. It would sort out a lot of the problems.
As awful as this is and as horrible as it must have been for the writer to witness and the owners to go through, it's not the fault of the dogs. People get it wrong all the time, it's not the breed of dogs that's at fault, it's the way they are trained- or not. The owners are at fault for not training their dog well enough, it could be any dog though. We own a larger dog, (a rescue who was abandoned no doubt as the owners realised how big she grew or how much exercise she needed) who is walked regularly and trained well, she's soft and gentle as you like but I personally don't allow her off lead in public areas, we take her to enclosed places to go off lead for her safety, would hate for her to run off or knock a child over accidentally when she runs. we also ALWAYS clean up after her. We so far have never had a problem with similar large breed dogs or even staffs but do find some smaller breed dogs can seem really aggressive towards her, and the owners then give us dirty looks as if its her fault for some reason even though she's on her lead and doing nothing wrong. I've always put it down to lack of socialising or training though, not the dog itself. I really believe specific offical offlead areas should be made available and licensing would help, not the dogs....the owners, with mandatory training included in the licence cost. It would sort out a lot of the problems. artymum69
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