Inspector Ruth Kelly, of Surrey Police, said she had spoken to the mother of the two children who were walking the pitbull, after witnesses said they had been unsupervised.
Questioned by the coroner on this point, the mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she had been close behind, having been delayed as she left the house.
She admitted she had been concerned about the dog’s behaviour and was looking to have it re-homed at the time.But no problems letting her two young children walk it in public? Of course.
And how do you 'rehome' a pitbull, which is after all a prohibited animal?
A spokesman for Essex Police confirmed the hunt for the pack continues.
He said: "We were called by local dog owner and park wardens following concerns over the behaviour of the dogs.
"Officers went to the scene but there were no further traces of the dogs. Inquiries were carried out in the area to talk to dog owners in the area to remind them of their responsibilities as the owner under the Dangerous Dogs Act and that they cannot let their dogs get loose from their property and into the park.
"We would also remind anyone walking dogs in the park that they should have proper control of their pets at all times."It's a bit pointless dishing out the boilerplate about responsible dog ownership when the irresponsible owners aren't likely to take a blind bit of notice, is it?
And it's noticeable that your supposed 'hunt for the pack' is a bit low key, unlike the furore over the Essex Lion. I mean, no-one expects a full shikari with mahouts and beaters, but maybe a few cops walking the parks might help?
McLay, of Princes Road, Middlesbrough, admitted having a dog out of control in a public place. She had 30 previous offences.
Andrew Teate, defending, said: “This is a matter that should never have been before this court.”Well, no. She herself should have long, long ago been euthanised.