Whew! Hero marksmen turn up to save the day!
But if you were expecting the scene from 'To Kill A Mockingbird' here, where war hero sniper Gregory Peck steps up to save the town from a rabid beast, think again. Video shot by witnesses (far more calmly and professionally than the dogs gunned down by these 'marksmen'!) and plastered all over Facebook shows a far different story.
The first such I viewed didn't show very much, but count the bullets! You'd think they were shooting at Cape Buffalo!
And the dogs are clearly not 'attacking' at all, but running around terrified, wagging their tails. I suppose we shouldn't be too surprised at the lack of control shown by the supposed 'professionals', since this is oop North, and they clearly have issues there.
And then there's this.
Deane Road and Salisbury Street were closed by police for around two hours whilst they dealt with dogs running around the streets, and re-opened shortly before 1pm.
But at 6pm a police spokesman told The Bolton News that one of the dogs was still missing.How long to realise that? They can't even count the things they are shooting at!
Is the owner a cretin who shouldn't own animals? Undoubtedly. But the 'attack' seems to have been a dog-on-dog fight with a shitzhu (which survived), according to Facebook and the 'rampage' merely excited dogs barking. Frightening, but not a situation calling for a fusillade of gunfire on a suburban street...
No wonder the police are now asking for all the footage, Bit late for damage control though.
No doubt regular readers are confused, given my interest in dangerous dogs. Well, yes, I'm happy to see dangerous dogs shot, when necessary.
But I'm not happy to see excited armed 'marksmen' turn up determined to shoot something no matter what the situation when they get there, just because they can. That way lies America.