Insp Paul Sullivan of the Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team said both parties had been spoken with and both claimed the other’s dog displayed signs of aggression.
He said: “This case had all the hallmarks of an isolated incident.
“While recognising this can be distressing for individuals concerned, in these minor cases we utilise some common sense and discuss the issues with both owners to help prevent this happening again.”Really? It seems to happen with monotonous regularity.
Oh, wait. Maybe you meant it was an isolated incident because
a) It wasn't a staffie or a pitbull this time, and
b) the dog survived?
But back to Sullivan:
He added: “I should like to point out that reckless owners who walk their dogs and pose a significant risk to the public will be dealt with under the provisions of the dangerous dogs act.
“The act specifically puts control measures around breeds of dogs, however any dog dangerously out of control in a public area could render the owner liable to prosecution and dog seizure.”Well, it could, yes. It's unlikely though, as Klaus's owner points out:
“We told the police but they said they can’t do anything unless they have the owner’s address and even then probably can’t do anything.”Is it mean of me to hope that one day, they decide to pay a house call to one of the owners and find Fido is just as happy to sink his teeth into them?