Monday, 16 September 2013

No Crime? Really?

Cheryl Smith says she was attacked by the dog on July 26.
The 30-year-old claims the dog leapt over two fences and bit her in the street, knocking her against a fence. She says she suffered cuts and bruises after she hit the fence and three cuts from the dog’s teeth and two from its claws.
Seems like the immediate cessation of their postal service is the least the owners should be facing?
She reported the incident to police, who spoke to Tina Young, aged 48, of Westminster Avenue, Farnworth, whose address the dogs were at. The dogs belonged to her cousin Mark Holliday.
But no crime has been committed.
How so? This wasn’t an incident that occurred on private property, this was in a public place
Ms Smith said: “The fear I felt made me get in touch with the police in the first place. If that dog got hold of a child, I dread to think what it would do with it.
“I would’ve thought the priority is other people’s safety and not putting them at risk.”
Yes. I’d have thought so too…
Mr Holliday, insists Ms Smith was “grazed” not bitten.
He added: “The dogs are well looked after, they’re well trained, they’re just not used to strangers.“
That’s unfortunate, then, because – out in a public place like a street - everyone’s a stranger!
“If there’s a stranger, they’ll have a muzzle on. They’ve never bitten anybody before.”
Ah, the usual response from the owners of dangerous dogs when caught out.

It always comes as a surprise, doesn’t it?

7 comments:

Bucko The Moose said...

I sympathy tends to diminish the moment they say, "it could have been a child..."

The life of a child (or old person) has no more value than the life of an adult aged between 18 and 65.

Rickie said...

Julia, these "dogs" stories are great and it often reminds me that the nicest people i know are met on dog walks or just people i know in general who are dog lovers, although the most rude and unpleasant characters i have met were also on dog walks.

I have learnt to read body language at 50 meters of problem dog walkers, they give the game away long before my dog has reached them , it's nothing to do with my dog or their dog but the problem that some dog owners have of dogs sniffing each other, and that is expected to lead to dogs savaging each other to death. Problem owners know dogs are not on leads in certain areas , they go looking for confrontation to pass the time on a cold boring dog walk.

Anyway what's your story and dogs julia?, you go looking for stories about dogs and i suspect the isle of dogs story below was dragged up in a dog attacks google search.

Furor Teutonicus said...

XX The 30-year-old claims the dog leapt over two fences and bit her in the street, knocking her against a fence. She says she suffered cuts and bruises after she hit the fence and three cuts from the dog’s teeth and two from its claws. XX

Should go into the Olympics if she is so fond of fencing.

Furor Teutonicus said...

XX If that dog got hold of a child, I dread to think what it would do with it. XX

Is this one of the set piece phrases they all MUST use now? Like the BBC are contracted to add "One of the poorest countries in the world" after mentioning ANY country, including Monaco, Switzerland and Lichtenstein?

Edgar said...

"The 30-year-old claims the dog leapt over two fences and bit her in the street, .. ". Very painful - being bitten in the street.

Furor Teutonicus said...

XX Very painful - being bitten in the street.XX

Yes. In my day we called it MANY things. But "Street" is new to me.

But then, for Prostitutes, the description fits perfectly.... IF a bit baggy around the edges.

JuliaM said...

"...sympathy tends to diminish the moment they say, "it could have been a child...""

It's a cliché, yes. But haven't we taught them that that's the only thing that matters?

"Anyway what's your story and dogs julia?"

No real story. And the Isle of Dogs story came up as a Tweet from the 'Evening Standard'.

"Is this one of the set piece phrases they all MUST use now?"

Yup, seems so!