Sunday, September 25, 2011

Public warned after two dogs launch attack in Newport

Police have warned people not to approach two dogs which attacked and killed another dog and injured its owner in Newport.

From BBC News

A woman was walking her two Yorkshire terriers when the other two dogs, not on leads, attacked on Saturday night.

She is being treated at the Royal Gwent Hospital.

Three men were with the offending dogs. One dog was an off-white pitbull-type, the other a brown Staffordshire bull terrier.

Gwent Police said the woman was walking along Alexandra Road near the Waterloo Hotel at 2215 BST on Saturday when the dogs attacked her pets.

She tried to intervene, but was bitten on her arm.

The attacking dogs were not on leads and were accompanied by three men who fled following the incident.

Officers and specialist dog handlers are trying to trace the animals, and people are advised to call police on 101, rather than approach the animals.

One is described as off-white in colour, with a long nose and tail. It is thought to be a pitbull-type, similar in size to a labrador, and was called Kane by the men who shouted at it, said police.

The second is described as a brown Staffordshire bull terrier, with a long tail.

Update: September 26, 2011 - The following article is by Lynn Curwin, from Digital Journal

Three men arrested following dog attack

Three men were arrested in Wales after an attack by two loose dogs resulted in the death of one small dog, and left the owner and her second dog with injuries.

A woman was walking her two Yorkshire terriers in Pill at around 10.15pm on Saturday when two loose dogs went after the smaller animals. When she tried to protect her pets she was bitten on the arm.

The BBC reported that the three men who were with the dogs fled following the incident.

One of the Yorkies died as a result of its injuries and the woman was treated at the Royal Gwent Hospital.

According to the South Wales Argus three men, aged 23, 30, and 31, were arrested Sunday afternoon under section one of the Dangerous Dog Act and two dogs are being kept by police while an investigation is carried out.

Wales Online described one of the dogs as an off-white Pit Bull-type terrier and the other as a brown Staffordshire Bull Terrier with a long tail.

Irresponsible owners have caused much harm for the reputation of this type of dog.

A 2010 Daily Mail article reported that almost half of the dogs which arrive at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are Staffies - and that often it is because they have not received proper training.

In a 2010 article in The Guardian Roy Hattersley pointed out that people should not judge specific breeds, but should support harsher penalties for irresponsible owners.

"The so-called fighting breeds – particularly the much-maligned Staffordshire bull terrier – are as much in need of protection as the people who fear them," he wrote.

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