A spokesman from Essex Police said: “Police were called shortly after 10.30pm on Saturday, April 25 with reports of a fight between a Staffordshire bull terrier and a wolfhound at High Road in Pitsea.
“Both dogs sustained injuries and the owner of the wolfhound was injured as she attempted to separate the dogs.
“Both dogs were on leads at the time of the incident, neither is a prohibited breed and neither dog is required by law to be muzzled.
“Therefore no offences were found to have been committed.”Oh? Just a fight between two dogs? Nothing to see here?
Ms McCall said the attack happened between Aldi and Pitsea Market. She said the Staffie was with a woman and an older man, but the pair did nothing to help her or Candy.
She said: “The dog was dangerous and they seemed to have absolutely no idea how to control it.
“It’s disgusting the police have refused to do anything.Yes. But also totally unsurprising. It prompted the ‘Echo’ to run an editorial:
Perhaps the officers should take a look at the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991), which clearly states a dog is “dangerously out of control if it injuries any person or there are grounds for reasonable apprehension it will do so”.
It goes on: “If the dog is dangerously out of control then the owner and (if different) the person for the time being in charge of the dog, is guilty of an offence”.
Essex Police should investigate this incident.For all the likely good that will do…
In the comments, some scathing words:
Very clear offence under Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. The Police have an obligation to act under these circumstances, they do not have the power to not to perform their lawful duty. Take it back to the Police Station you reported it to, ask them again to deal with it, any hint of apathy ask to speak to Inspector or above and complain, and stick to your guns an take it all the way to the IPCC. Take a note of the identify of the person you speak to as they will be subject of the complaint.
I would like to know what rank this spokesperson who said this holds if any? :-"Despite acknowledging Ms McCall was injured, the force issued a statement saying “no offences were found to have been committed”.
If they hold one they clearly do not have any knowledge of the law at all and should be retrained or sacked.Indeed.