RSPCA calls on people to report dog attacks

Increase in complaints against Hampshire police

  • RSPCA calls on people to report dog attacks to police as the owners could be breaking the law
  • It comes as a 32-year-old and her puppy were attacked in Southsea leaving both
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THE RSPCA is encouraging people to report owners of dangerous dogs.

It comes as a 32-year-old from Southsea was attacked, along with her nine-month-old puppy.

Dog attacks are an on-going problem because people get big breeds that they cannot handle.

Glyn Morris

The woman was walking her Staffordshire bull terrier along Southsea Common, at the junction of Avenue De Caan and Clarence Parade, when a dog approached her.

The animal, thought to be a Staffordshire bull terrier cross, was not on a lead and its owner appeared to have a can of alcohol in his hand.

As the victim went to pick up her puppy, the dog attacked injuring the woman’s arm and the puppy.

Police are calling for witnesses to come forward so the owner of the dog can be found.

He is white, aged 30 to 40 and about 5ft 10ins tall.

He had shaved, cropped light hair and wore a dark top and trousers.

The RSPCA said it is important to report these incidents to the police as the owner could be breaking the law.

A spokesman for the animal welfare charity said: ‘This sounds very upsetting and frightening for the people involved.

‘The RSPCA would like to reiterate once more the message that all dog owners have a responsibility under law to ensure their pets are cared for properly and are under control when out in public.

‘If you see a dog behaving in an aggressive or dangerous manner in public, you should call the police, as the owner could be breaking the law under the Dangerous Dogs Act.’

Dog owner Glyn Morris, who saw his nine-month-old husky Mitzu bitten by two bull mastiffs, said attacks happen when the dogs are more powerful than their owners.

Mitzu was left fighting for her life after the incident, which also happened in Southsea.

Glyn said: ‘Dog attacks are an on-going problem because people get big breeds that they cannot handle.

‘It seems to be that when the dogs attack, it’s because they are more powerful than their owners who cannot control them.

‘It’s important for people to report attacks because if they don’t then the dog could continue to attack people and other animals.’

Anyone who witnessed the attack on July 9 between 7pm and 7.30pm or knows the owner or dog should contact PC Lee Gott at the Resolution Centre on 101.