A surge in the popularity of so-called status pets has left Sussex facing its toughest fight against dangerous dogs. Sussex Police’s dog unit has already seized 48 potentially deadly animals in 2012 – up from 16 in 2011 and 29 in 2010.
The rise is largely being put down a rise in the popularity of status dogs such as pit bulls and Staffordshire bull terriers.Cue police spokesmen bemoaning this state of affairs to local newshound:
Police dog handler PC Will Durant said: “It’s the worst it has ever been – the last year or so has been terrible.
“People having these status dogs appears to be the main problem but there is also a great deal of ignorance on behalf of many owners.”Gosh, we need someone to do something about it, clearly.
Some sort of…uniformed force…who could deal with dangerous situations? Hmmm. Where are we going to find such people?
Inspector Diane Lewis, the force’s senior dog officer, said: “Some of the dogs we get called to deal with are crazed.
“People need to think about the type of dog they are getting and be sure that the breed is suitable.
“We would encourage people to go to puppy training and socialise their dog as much as possible. ”These people don’t ‘socialise’ their children! What on earth makes you think they will do a better job with their pets?
Meanwhile, the attacks continue, and so long as they are on other animals, the police shrug and say ‘Nuffin’ to do wiv us, innit?’
Shaken dog owner says it was "like a scene from a horror film" after her cocker spaniel was pounced on and mauled by two Staffordshire Terriers. Valerie Gambier, of Claremont Gardens, has sent out a warning to other dog walkers after the attack on Remembrance Sunday in Gossmore Park.She’s had to ‘send out a warning’ because…well, you can guess why, can’t you?
Thames Valley Police have issued the owner of the offending animals with an adult restorative disposal - a form of caution or reprimand for low level crime. However, due to the fact no people were involved and it was a dog on dog attack it is not considered a case of an animal dangerously out of control, police said.
Police said disposals such as that issued to the Staffordshire Terriers' owner were introduced to deal with offenders without bringing them into the Criminal Justice system and allow the victim to say what they would like to happen - often just acceptance of wrongdoing and an apology.Well, I rather doubt it in this case, because the lady’s out of pocket:
Mrs Gambier had paid £75 for vets bills by Wednesday but was expecting to pay more.And no doubt the police will whine that she should pursue a civil case for reimbursement. And will continue to wonder why the public doesn't support them any more.