A woman is urging the police to take action after her puppy was killed by another dog.Is that open as in ‘we’re actively pursing it’ or open as in ‘well, technically, we haven’t got around to binning it just yet’..?
Kate Nutbourne, 19, from Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, was walking her 12-week-old cockapoo on Appley beach when it was attacked by a "muscular" dog.
She said: "All of a sudden it went for him, crushed his skull, shook him like a rabbit and broke his neck."
On Friday, a police spokeswoman said it was still an open investigation.
She added: "While we can't do anything under section three of Dangerous Dogs Act, because there wasn't an attack on a human, we are taking statements from the dog owners to see exactly what happened and establish whether there was an offence under any other part of the act."Which didn’t seem to be a concern of the first responders:
Ms Nutbourne said when she first reported the attack on Wednesday afternoon she was told there was nothing that could be done about a dog on dog attack even though the owner of the two year-old Staffordshire bull terrier was standing close by and had refused to put his animal on a lead.Yes, me too. Luckily, there’s a happy ending, of sorts:
"The only real advice we've been given is that we'll have to make a private prosecution, which we can't afford to do," she added.
"It makes me really angry."
A dog which killed a puppy on a beach on the Isle of Wight has been put down, police have confirmed.The beast was – apparently – voluntarily surrendered to police.
Insp Kelvin Shipp, from Ryde police, said: "I have visited the puppy's owners and they are happy with our actions.Possibly, though, not those committed by the offending dog owner!
"We have been actively pursuing lines of inquiry since Wednesday and our inquiries are continuing to establish if any further offences have been committed."
Police have also refuted reports in the media and on social media sites claiming they had not taken action.Well, well, well…
Truth hurts, doesn’t it? Initially, you didn’t take any action, preferring to fob off the injured party with references to civil litigation.
It was only when she started up an internet campaign and started getting media attention that you sprang into action. So don't be surprised when this starts happening more and more...