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Blind mother criticises dog owners

The Argus: Blind mother criticises dog owners Blind mother criticises dog owners

A blind mother has criticised “indifferent” dog- owners after her daughter was attacked.

Julia Wilson’s seven-year-old daughter was left tearful and bruised after being knocked over by a dog in Homefield Park, Worthing.

When the owner saw Julia was blind he told the mother-of-four her daughter Madeleine had fallen over.

Julia, 38, of Worthing, said: “We were in the park and a dog tried to bite my daughter’s face.

"All I could hear was her screaming. It was terrible. She was bruised on her shoulders and covered in mud.

"When the owner realised I couldn’t see he said: ‘Your daughter fell over’.”

Julia also criticised dog walkers who allowed their dogs to distract Esme, leaving her disoriented.

She said: “We were on the beach and a dog was trying to hump Esme. She was distracted and I was disoriented.

"My nephew was pushed over and the dog sat on him. We called to the owner but she just ambled over and said: ‘Please don’t shout at me’.”

Ian McParland, a Worthing dog behaviourist, said: “The law has now been changed so it’s an offence to attack an assistance dog.

"If Julia’s dog was injured that’s potentially a very serious offence.”

Worthing Borough Council confirmed that dogs are banned from certain parts of Worthing beach between May 1 and September 30.

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9:39am Thu 10 Jul 14

Frank28 says...

The recently amended Dangerous Dogs Act is very clear about the responsibility of dog owners. If an uncontrolled dog attacks an Assistance Dog, it is now a criminal offence. Also, A dog doesn't have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law.
The recently amended Dangerous Dogs Act is very clear about the responsibility of dog owners. If an uncontrolled dog attacks an Assistance Dog, it is now a criminal offence. Also, A dog doesn't have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law. Frank28
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11:25am Thu 10 Jul 14

Patsyr says...

Frank28 wrote:
The recently amended Dangerous Dogs Act is very clear about the responsibility of dog owners. If an uncontrolled dog attacks an Assistance Dog, it is now a criminal offence. Also, A dog doesn't have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law.
Whatever the law says, laws have to be implemented to be effective and that doesn't seem to be the case.

It is an offence not to clear up dog poo but that clearly has no effect as it is everywhere. Just because a person has a dog it doesn't make that person responsible unfortunately.

Also, why is it not law for all dogs to be muzzled when out of their homes? We don't all love dogs, and it would make us feel and be safer. Is there any disadvantage to muzzling a dog? And if not why don't owners do it?
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: The recently amended Dangerous Dogs Act is very clear about the responsibility of dog owners. If an uncontrolled dog attacks an Assistance Dog, it is now a criminal offence. Also, A dog doesn't have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law.[/p][/quote]Whatever the law says, laws have to be implemented to be effective and that doesn't seem to be the case. It is an offence not to clear up dog poo but that clearly has no effect as it is everywhere. Just because a person has a dog it doesn't make that person responsible unfortunately. Also, why is it not law for all dogs to be muzzled when out of their homes? We don't all love dogs, and it would make us feel and be safer. Is there any disadvantage to muzzling a dog? And if not why don't owners do it? Patsyr
  • Score: -2

12:40pm Thu 10 Jul 14

andrewedmondson says...

Yes it's alright to have laws but they need to be enforced and that costs money. You would think that the fines levied against irresponsible dog owners would pay for enforcement, just like traffic wardens. There are so many dogs in the UK now that enforcement is a necessity to prevent incidences like this and turning our parks and beaches into no-go areas.
Yes it's alright to have laws but they need to be enforced and that costs money. You would think that the fines levied against irresponsible dog owners would pay for enforcement, just like traffic wardens. There are so many dogs in the UK now that enforcement is a necessity to prevent incidences like this and turning our parks and beaches into no-go areas. andrewedmondson
  • Score: -6

2:31pm Thu 10 Jul 14

woodie49 says...

Patsyr wrote:
Frank28 wrote:
The recently amended Dangerous Dogs Act is very clear about the responsibility of dog owners. If an uncontrolled dog attacks an Assistance Dog, it is now a criminal offence. Also, A dog doesn't have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law.
Whatever the law says, laws have to be implemented to be effective and that doesn't seem to be the case.

It is an offence not to clear up dog poo but that clearly has no effect as it is everywhere. Just because a person has a dog it doesn't make that person responsible unfortunately.

Also, why is it not law for all dogs to be muzzled when out of their homes? We don't all love dogs, and it would make us feel and be safer. Is there any disadvantage to muzzling a dog? And if not why don't owners do it?
Totally agree about dog poo the new Adur Ferry bridge in Shoreham is fast becoming a dogs toilet especially in the middle its seems to be a meeting point for dog owners who let there dogs pee and poop up the the central mast whithout any respect for other people using the bridge and the local councillors let it go on.
[quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: The recently amended Dangerous Dogs Act is very clear about the responsibility of dog owners. If an uncontrolled dog attacks an Assistance Dog, it is now a criminal offence. Also, A dog doesn't have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law.[/p][/quote]Whatever the law says, laws have to be implemented to be effective and that doesn't seem to be the case. It is an offence not to clear up dog poo but that clearly has no effect as it is everywhere. Just because a person has a dog it doesn't make that person responsible unfortunately. Also, why is it not law for all dogs to be muzzled when out of their homes? We don't all love dogs, and it would make us feel and be safer. Is there any disadvantage to muzzling a dog? And if not why don't owners do it?[/p][/quote]Totally agree about dog poo the new Adur Ferry bridge in Shoreham is fast becoming a dogs toilet especially in the middle its seems to be a meeting point for dog owners who let there dogs pee and poop up the the central mast whithout any respect for other people using the bridge and the local councillors let it go on. woodie49
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Thu 10 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Dogs do not need muzzles in public. Dogs need to be properly trained by their owners - that is all, but so many fail to do so.

If a person is frightened of a dog then they are responsible for sorting that fear out, not dog owners. I come across so many kids with parents who are terrified of dogs - sort your stupid selves out.

It's very easy to train a dog to be obedient but it takes time. I spent over one hour per day training my dog, for over 3 months. He is very obedient now and I am very proud of him. I have loads of people telling me how good he is.

It is not hard to train a dog. You should never, ever hit a dog. To shout at it is more than enough - when the situation calls for it. Normally your dog should respond to your commands - all of them. If it doesn't - you need to spend a lot more time training it.
Dogs do not need muzzles in public. Dogs need to be properly trained by their owners - that is all, but so many fail to do so. If a person is frightened of a dog then they are responsible for sorting that fear out, not dog owners. I come across so many kids with parents who are terrified of dogs - sort your stupid selves out. It's very easy to train a dog to be obedient but it takes time. I spent over one hour per day training my dog, for over 3 months. He is very obedient now and I am very proud of him. I have loads of people telling me how good he is. It is not hard to train a dog. You should never, ever hit a dog. To shout at it is more than enough - when the situation calls for it. Normally your dog should respond to your commands - all of them. If it doesn't - you need to spend a lot more time training it. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 1

4:59pm Thu 10 Jul 14

andrewedmondson says...

getthiscoalitonout the fact is that people are bitten, barked at and chased every day by dogs. Dogs are teeth on legs. People are right to be concerned about having potentially dangerous animals in their vicinity.

You seem to be a responsible dog owner but acknowledge that many dog owners are not. There lies the problem. If dogs never attacked people, most people would not have a fear.

This government and previous governments have failed to regulate dog ownership because of a fear of losing votes. Perhaps the majority of politicians own dogs, I just don't know.

Owning a dog is quite an expense but affluence has proliferated them to such an extent that they are a real problem. Licensing (including DNA), insurance, compulsory training and proper enforcement would reduce the number of dogs owners and the result in better behaved dogs.
getthiscoalitonout the fact is that people are bitten, barked at and chased every day by dogs. Dogs are teeth on legs. People are right to be concerned about having potentially dangerous animals in their vicinity. You seem to be a responsible dog owner but acknowledge that many dog owners are not. There lies the problem. If dogs never attacked people, most people would not have a fear. This government and previous governments have failed to regulate dog ownership because of a fear of losing votes. Perhaps the majority of politicians own dogs, I just don't know. Owning a dog is quite an expense but affluence has proliferated them to such an extent that they are a real problem. Licensing (including DNA), insurance, compulsory training and proper enforcement would reduce the number of dogs owners and the result in better behaved dogs. andrewedmondson
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Sun 13 Jul 14

John Steed says...

what ever happened to the law about dogs being on a lead in public?
and when will proactive enforcement and checking start taking place on the micro chipping of dogs
what ever happened to the law about dogs being on a lead in public? and when will proactive enforcement and checking start taking place on the micro chipping of dogs John Steed
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