Saturday, 15 October 2016

I Guess It's No Surprise Essex Police Are Woefully Incompetent...

...on the subject of dangerous dogs. If this report in the 'Mail' is anything to go by, anyway:
The dog, which has since been put down, was owned by a serving police officer.
It is not known whether PC Clare Ferdinand, 31, was at the address at the the time the dog - believed to a Staffordshire bull terrier - attacked two children and a woman.
Essex Police refused to confirm that Mrs Ferdinand is employed by them though friends of the victims' family insisted she was.
'But it was just a Staffie!' the dog-lovers cry. Was it?
Mr Mills believes the dog was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog, although the breed has not been confirmed by police: 'I saw the dog being taken away. ' At 4pm a black van arrived. The dog was taken out of the property at 4.30pm. It was on a pole lead.
'It wasn't a normal Staffie. It was a lot more chunky - probably a Staffordshire cross or some kind of bulldog breed.'
It'll be interesting to compare the justice system's treatment of the owner and person present with the children at the time of the attack to the case of the death of Molly-Mae Wotherspoon, won't it?

Very interesting indeed. Meanwhile, file under 'damage control':
Dog welfare organisation, the Kennel Club, released a statement this morning about the incident in Harwich Road, which stressed any dog is capable of causing injury. Caroline Kisko, club secretary, said: 'Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the baby that was tragically killed and the child and adult that sustained injuries in this shocking incident. 
'We don't have details of what happened in this specific case as yet so cannot comment on what may have led up to it, but we do know that incidents like this are thankfully very rare in the UK.
Really? Sadly, I think we'd all agree they aren't nearly rare enough....

8 comments:

David J said...

The breeding if dogs, all dogs, needs to be regulated and strictly controlled. Puppy farms breeding sick dogs in cruel conditions and the breeding of aggressive dogs that have no quality of life and are owned by cruel owners. Got to be stopped.

MTG said...

Mrs Plod convicted and jailed for owning a dangerously out of control dog? Surely not. Mr Plod discloses under the Freedom of Information Act, the last decade's total of 'vicious' dog injuries/deaths perpetrated by animals formerly trained by police to attack humans? Surely not.

Anonymous said...

Melv,
I was waiting for this. While I agree that the owner of any dog which acts in such a vicious way should be put down, and Clarkson's Law be considered, it appears that your venomous remarks are aimed at the fact the owner is a serving Police officer. It is also policy for any Police force not to confirm to any Tom, Dick, Harry, or Melv, whether a person is or is not a Police officer. As I understand it, the dog was owned by a Police officer. It was not trained by Police. The fact that the dog owner is a Police officer will not affect the legal outcome.

Ted Treen said...

I really wouldn't allow an elderly Pomeranian unsupervised or uncontrolled access to any child. I'm sure there have been many instances of otherwise stable animals being put down for nipping a youngster who pulled its tail, poked its eyes or whatever, not realising it wasn't quite the unreactive lump that their teddy bear was.

Speaking of unreactive lumps, many owners and/or parents must bear the ultimate responsibility for such occurrences.

MTG said...

@ Penise

"... and Clarkson's Law be considered..." Clarke's Laws should never be confused with dreams arising from an afternoon nap.

"I was waiting for...your venomous remarks." Much like the chronic onanist waiting for some climatic thrill in the next inkblot, no doubt.

Police 'forces' are now known as police 'services' - do try to keep up, old chap.

"It is also policy for any Police force not to confirm to any Tom, Dick, Harry, or Melv, whether a person is or is not a Police officer." Oh, look, nonsense particles popping up out of nowhere! Back to your quantum world now.

MTG said...

*climactic*

Anonymous said...

Blimey is MTG out in the community again? TAKE YOUR MEDS MELV!

JuliaM said...

"The breeding if dogs, all dogs, needs to be regulated and strictly controlled."

Because regulation and strict control have worked wonders elsewhere...?

"As I understand it, the dog was owned by a Police officer. It was not trained by Police. "

Irrelevant. The point is, the law should encompass all. If Mrs Ferdinand is not subject to arrest, it's hard to see how Jade Dunne could be.

"I really wouldn't allow an elderly Pomeranian unsupervised or uncontrolled access to any child."

No normal person would.