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Partially-sighted Newhaven pensioner savaged by Staffie

The Argus: William Taylor and his dog Webley William Taylor and his dog Webley

A partially-sighted pensioner was knocked to the ground in a dog attack as he walked his guide dog in Newhaven.

William Taylor, 84, of Iveagh Crescent in Newhaven, was walking his guide dog Webley on Friday when they were attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier or mastiff-type dog.

Mr Taylor was knocked to the floor by the force of the attack. He was bitten so badly on his wrist tendons were revealed and he needed treatment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Mr Taylor said: “I remember my dog going round in circles and heard the sound of another dog barking in the distance.“Within a short amount of time it was on me and attacking me.

“The owner of the dog said to me as I was on the floor: 'Don't worry, I'll be back to help you.' But he never came back.

“A chap from one of the flats said he saw the dog owner clipping his pet onto its lead after it attacked me, so it must have been loose.“Another man said he had seen the owner doing a runner.

“I was shocked. It happened so quickly.”

He added: “It's worrying because there are children down here with small dogs that wouldn't stand a chance against dogs like the one that attacked me.

“The owner of the dog is an absolute coward and irresponsible.

“I'm worried now it's going to affect Webley's ability to guide me properly when he's out. It costs about £14,000 to get another dog.”

The owner of the dog is believed to be a white man, 5ft 9in, with short, untidy hair, wearing a dark blue hoodie and grey tracksuit bottoms with a stripe on each leg and black plimsolls.

A spokesman from Sussex Police said: “Police are investigating after an 84-year-old partially-sighted man and his guide dog were attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier/mastiff type dog on private land at Iveagh Crescent in Newhaven.”

Anyone who saw what happened or the dog's owner is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting serial 563 of 17/1.

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7:49am Wed 22 Jan 14

babsticals says...

Disgusting scum. The staffie s should be classed as a dangerous dog,there are too may people attacked by these dogs.and any person seen with one of these off a lead should be fined and the dog taken off them.Our Bichon was badly mauled,virtually ripped to pieces by a staffie that was off a lead,but the owner got away with it,because it was a dog on dog attack,but it has since left us traumatised,and scared to walk our dog..I hope Mr Taylor and his lovely dog make a full recovery,and the owner of the staffie that attacked them is caught and severely punished.If you are reading this,I hope you are proud of yourself for leaving this poor old man injured,you are nothing but a coward,,,,Disgusting
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Disgusting scum. The staffie s should be classed as a dangerous dog,there are too may people attacked by these dogs.and any person seen with one of these off a lead should be fined and the dog taken off them.Our Bichon was badly mauled,virtually ripped to pieces by a staffie that was off a lead,but the owner got away with it,because it was a dog on dog attack,but it has since left us traumatised,and scared to walk our dog..I hope Mr Taylor and his lovely dog make a full recovery,and the owner of the staffie that attacked them is caught and severely punished.If you are reading this,I hope you are proud of yourself for leaving this poor old man injured,you are nothing but a coward,,,,Disgusting . babsticals
  • Score: 23

8:48am Wed 22 Jan 14

Crystal Ball says...

What a coward the owner of the Staffordshire-type dog is.

Hope Mr Taylor recovers soon and he and his guide dog are not too traumatised by the nasty experience.
What a coward the owner of the Staffordshire-type dog is. Hope Mr Taylor recovers soon and he and his guide dog are not too traumatised by the nasty experience. Crystal Ball
  • Score: 34

9:41am Wed 22 Jan 14

Terry K says...

No doubt some deluded staffie owner will post on comments "it's not the dog....it's the owner", facts say it is the dog, other breeds don't do this
No doubt some deluded staffie owner will post on comments "it's not the dog....it's the owner", facts say it is the dog, other breeds don't do this Terry K
  • Score: -8

11:37am Wed 22 Jan 14

Juleyanne says...

I was talking with a lady recently with two dogs, one a staffie, both rescues and asked her if people tended to give her a wide berth because she owned a staffie. She replied that it happened all the time, which is often sadly the case.
However, her staffie was very laid back and friendly. It is also often the case, that unbalanced owners are more likely to have unbalanced dogs! If dogs are socialized, trained from the start and learn boundaries by a good balanced calm but strong pack leader, there is every chance the dog will be balanced too. If a dog feels it' owner is calmly in control, the dog Is likely to be a calmer animal. Sadly, there are some owners who know little of how a dogs mind works and transfer their aggression and defensiveness directly down to the dog. It is way too easy to judge deed by breed and it is tragic and wrong when incidents do occur. Indeed their are unbalanced dogs about who pose a threat to others with equally unbalanced owners but there are also some very good staffie owners about with good balanced staffies.
I was talking with a lady recently with two dogs, one a staffie, both rescues and asked her if people tended to give her a wide berth because she owned a staffie. She replied that it happened all the time, which is often sadly the case. However, her staffie was very laid back and friendly. It is also often the case, that unbalanced owners are more likely to have unbalanced dogs! If dogs are socialized, trained from the start and learn boundaries by a good balanced calm but strong pack leader, there is every chance the dog will be balanced too. If a dog feels it' owner is calmly in control, the dog Is likely to be a calmer animal. Sadly, there are some owners who know little of how a dogs mind works and transfer their aggression and defensiveness directly down to the dog. It is way too easy to judge deed by breed and it is tragic and wrong when incidents do occur. Indeed their are unbalanced dogs about who pose a threat to others with equally unbalanced owners but there are also some very good staffie owners about with good balanced staffies. Juleyanne
  • Score: 17

11:41am Wed 22 Jan 14

gheese77 says...

I hope Mr Taylor and his guide dog are ok and that some one recognises this scumbag and he us caught. The owner sounds like your typical chav who needs a fierce dog to hide behind so people don't realise what a loser they really are.
I know dangerous dog legislation is hard to enforce because it can be difficult to decide which breed a dog belongs to but why cant we have a law that dogs need to wear a muzzle in public places?
I hope Mr Taylor and his guide dog are ok and that some one recognises this scumbag and he us caught. The owner sounds like your typical chav who needs a fierce dog to hide behind so people don't realise what a loser they really are. I know dangerous dog legislation is hard to enforce because it can be difficult to decide which breed a dog belongs to but why cant we have a law that dogs need to wear a muzzle in public places? gheese77
  • Score: 19

12:46pm Wed 22 Jan 14

R34lly123 says...

Terry K wrote:
No doubt some deluded staffie owner will post on comments "it's not the dog....it's the owner", facts say it is the dog, other breeds don't do this
Not ALL staffies are dangerous mine is soppy she even got attacked by another staffy and never bit back, my friends staffy is the same so don't brand them ALL the same! All dogs can attack just seems to be that staffies are always put in the papers and on the news. In the wrong hands any dog could do this........ I do hope Mr Taylor and his dog make a full recovery.
[quote][p][bold]Terry K[/bold] wrote: No doubt some deluded staffie owner will post on comments "it's not the dog....it's the owner", facts say it is the dog, other breeds don't do this[/p][/quote]Not ALL staffies are dangerous mine is soppy she even got attacked by another staffy and never bit back, my friends staffy is the same so don't brand them ALL the same! All dogs can attack just seems to be that staffies are always put in the papers and on the news. In the wrong hands any dog could do this........ I do hope Mr Taylor and his dog make a full recovery. R34lly123
  • Score: 16

12:49pm Wed 22 Jan 14

thelieshurts says...

I also hope Mr Taylor and his dog are ok. What person would leave a disabled person in distress. Sorry SCUM this is the lowest of the low.
I know you don't hear of this sought of thing every day, but it does happen more than it should. Children have been killed by this breed.
I went to Poland in 2007, we saw people with their dogs on lead and muzzles, mentioned to our friend they must be dangerous, answer was they have to put muzzles on in public. all size dogs. Was small town like Lewes.

I agree with gheese77 should be law.
I know dogs that are friendly towards humans not to others dogs, can guess what happens if off leads.
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I also hope Mr Taylor and his dog are ok. What person would leave a disabled person in distress. Sorry SCUM this is the lowest of the low. I know you don't hear of this sought of thing every day, but it does happen more than it should. Children have been killed by this breed. I went to Poland in 2007, we saw people with their dogs on lead and muzzles, mentioned to our friend they must be dangerous, answer was they have to put muzzles on in public. all size dogs. Was small town like Lewes. I agree with gheese77 should be law. I know dogs that are friendly towards humans not to others dogs, can guess what happens if off leads. . thelieshurts
  • Score: 6

12:52pm Wed 22 Jan 14

voiceofthescoombe says...

Staffys are powerful dogs so in the hands of a moron your lookimg at trouble.
If said moron had any other powerful dog you would have the same problem.
Staffys are powerful dogs so in the hands of a moron your lookimg at trouble. If said moron had any other powerful dog you would have the same problem. voiceofthescoombe
  • Score: 12

1:06pm Wed 22 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Any dog can be dangerous if it is not trained properly by the owner.

I got attacked by a black Labrador - left very disabled after it. So it's not just staffies that occasionally are dangerous.

Anyone getting a dog should take it to training classes and practise for at least one hour a day for months - if you want a well behaved dog.
Any dog can be dangerous if it is not trained properly by the owner. I got attacked by a black Labrador - left very disabled after it. So it's not just staffies that occasionally are dangerous. Anyone getting a dog should take it to training classes and practise for at least one hour a day for months - if you want a well behaved dog. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 12

2:02pm Wed 22 Jan 14

AngelicDevil says...

Absolute scum!

A dog's behaviour really is down to the owner. I have several friends and colleagues with staffies and they're the soppiest dogs I've ever met!

When I was growing up it was about Rottweilers.....neve
r hear anything about that breed anymore and they're still about in large numbers! I don't own a staffie, before anyone suggests it.
Absolute scum! A dog's behaviour really is down to the owner. I have several friends and colleagues with staffies and they're the soppiest dogs I've ever met! When I was growing up it was about Rottweilers.....neve r hear anything about that breed anymore and they're still about in large numbers! I don't own a staffie, before anyone suggests it. AngelicDevil
  • Score: 4

3:31pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Terry K says...

Muzzle all dogs in public places i say......and muzzle all those that object too.
Muzzle all dogs in public places i say......and muzzle all those that object too. Terry K
  • Score: 5

4:25pm Wed 22 Jan 14

flipflack says...

My Bishon was attacked by a staffie when she was 4 months old.. Although, she incurred minor injuries it affected me for ages. I now always cross the road if I see a staffie coming towards me. It appears that most of these dogs (not all) are owned by scummy little chavs that seem to think it gives them status. Unfortunately, they encourage the dogs to be aggressive. I certainly wouldn't want to own a dog that everybody is scared of. I meet many different breeds of dogs when walking mine and it's quite apparent that most of the staffies I meet are passive/aggressive due to their owners behaviour.
My Bishon was attacked by a staffie when she was 4 months old.. Although, she incurred minor injuries it affected me for ages. I now always cross the road if I see a staffie coming towards me. It appears that most of these dogs (not all) are owned by scummy little chavs that seem to think it gives them status. Unfortunately, they encourage the dogs to be aggressive. I certainly wouldn't want to own a dog that everybody is scared of. I meet many different breeds of dogs when walking mine and it's quite apparent that most of the staffies I meet are passive/aggressive due to their owners behaviour. flipflack
  • Score: 6

4:33pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Terry K says...

Wish the deluded would stop blaming staffie chav owners, the breed itself is unstable and can turn at any moment, history proves this.
muzzle, License and insure all dogs, PEOPLES SAFETY MUST COME FIRST, dog owners are the most selfish people on the planet in my view.
Wish the deluded would stop blaming staffie chav owners, the breed itself is unstable and can turn at any moment, history proves this. muzzle, License and insure all dogs, PEOPLES SAFETY MUST COME FIRST, dog owners are the most selfish people on the planet in my view. Terry K
  • Score: -6

4:38pm Wed 22 Jan 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

Staffies can be lovely dogs - that's why they are known as the nanny dog because they are very gentle with children. Unfortunately, they are often chosen by feckless chavs who teach them to be aggressive. Then they usually get abandoned by their stupid chav owners and the animal centres are full of them.

There are far too many dog attacks on guide dogs because they are taught to be very passive. I really hope they catch this cowardly scumbag and hope William and Webley recover.
Staffies can be lovely dogs - that's why they are known as the nanny dog because they are very gentle with children. Unfortunately, they are often chosen by feckless chavs who teach them to be aggressive. Then they usually get abandoned by their stupid chav owners and the animal centres are full of them. There are far too many dog attacks on guide dogs because they are taught to be very passive. I really hope they catch this cowardly scumbag and hope William and Webley recover. thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 12

5:09pm Wed 22 Jan 14

flipflack says...

People are not deluded. Yeah, your are right in certain cases, that they are a little un-hinged but in all breeds there is a possibility of unpredictable behaviour. I have only known 2 staffies and they seem quite calm and gentle but I always felt uncomfortable in their company. Surprisingly, they are listed on the kennel club as loyal, gentle dogs and great with children. I personally think that although they are great companions within a family environment, they aren't great with other people or dogs.
People are not deluded. Yeah, your are right in certain cases, that they are a little un-hinged but in all breeds there is a possibility of unpredictable behaviour. I have only known 2 staffies and they seem quite calm and gentle but I always felt uncomfortable in their company. Surprisingly, they are listed on the kennel club as loyal, gentle dogs and great with children. I personally think that although they are great companions within a family environment, they aren't great with other people or dogs. flipflack
  • Score: -10

5:21pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Terry K says...

The kennel club are biased, so their opinions are not relevant to this subject.It's no surprise to read recently that people have been poisoning these dogs with laced sausages, they belong on farms maybe and not in people's homes, if one ever bit me, i would sue to owner to the max and have the little beast destroyed.

Sick and tired of selfish dog people imposing their animals on normal people.
The kennel club are biased, so their opinions are not relevant to this subject.It's no surprise to read recently that people have been poisoning these dogs with laced sausages, they belong on farms maybe and not in people's homes, if one ever bit me, i would sue to owner to the max and have the little beast destroyed. Sick and tired of selfish dog people imposing their animals on normal people. Terry K
  • Score: -6

6:12pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Moodymare1 says...

What an absolute lowlife owner., and yet another staffie/ bull breed attack..
Every time there is a horror story reported, you just know before the details are released it will be a bull breed, Mastiff etc.. These dogs are unpredictable , and in the case of staffies particularly, they may be lovely with people, but they are not with other animals.. All bull breeds should be muzzled in public- end of ..
What an absolute lowlife owner., and yet another staffie/ bull breed attack.. Every time there is a horror story reported, you just know before the details are released it will be a bull breed, Mastiff etc.. These dogs are unpredictable , and in the case of staffies particularly, they may be lovely with people, but they are not with other animals.. All bull breeds should be muzzled in public- end of .. Moodymare1
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Wed 22 Jan 14

melee says...

How many more attacks by this breed must we hear of before the kennel club changes its 'nanny dog' description which is surely out of date? No doubt there are many 'soft and cuddly' staffies with responsible owners, but even then they have been known to turn with no warning, so forgive me if I don't let my children anywhere near!

I sincerely hope that Mr Taylor and Webley both make a swift recovery and that the absolute scumbag dog owner who ran off is caught. A proper severe punishment would be nice too but I won't hold my breath.
How many more attacks by this breed must we hear of before the kennel club changes its 'nanny dog' description which is surely out of date? No doubt there are many 'soft and cuddly' staffies with responsible owners, but even then they have been known to turn with no warning, so forgive me if I don't let my children anywhere near! I sincerely hope that Mr Taylor and Webley both make a swift recovery and that the absolute scumbag dog owner who ran off is caught. A proper severe punishment would be nice too but I won't hold my breath. melee
  • Score: 4

11:39am Thu 23 Jan 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

Moodymare1 wrote:
What an absolute lowlife owner., and yet another staffie/ bull breed attack..
Every time there is a horror story reported, you just know before the details are released it will be a bull breed, Mastiff etc.. These dogs are unpredictable , and in the case of staffies particularly, they may be lovely with people, but they are not with other animals.. All bull breeds should be muzzled in public- end of ..
My friend's staffie was attacked by another dog and is now very nervous on walks. So don't assume that staffies are aggressive. I was recently bitten by a small terrier. Any dog can be aggressive - particularly if it has been tormented by its owner.
[quote][p][bold]Moodymare1[/bold] wrote: What an absolute lowlife owner., and yet another staffie/ bull breed attack.. Every time there is a horror story reported, you just know before the details are released it will be a bull breed, Mastiff etc.. These dogs are unpredictable , and in the case of staffies particularly, they may be lovely with people, but they are not with other animals.. All bull breeds should be muzzled in public- end of ..[/p][/quote]My friend's staffie was attacked by another dog and is now very nervous on walks. So don't assume that staffies are aggressive. I was recently bitten by a small terrier. Any dog can be aggressive - particularly if it has been tormented by its owner. thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 4

2:08pm Thu 23 Jan 14

StaffieEve says...

Any dog could potentially attack another dog or a person. But there is no kudos in having a Bichon Frise or a poodle, hence people buy tough looking dogs and then try to give them a personality to match. Many of these dogs are then dumped because they do not become "mean" enough. This idiot should have had his dog on a lead but then it is the law that every dog should be on the lead when walking along the street.
Any dog could potentially attack another dog or a person. But there is no kudos in having a Bichon Frise or a poodle, hence people buy tough looking dogs and then try to give them a personality to match. Many of these dogs are then dumped because they do not become "mean" enough. This idiot should have had his dog on a lead but then it is the law that every dog should be on the lead when walking along the street. StaffieEve
  • Score: 4

3:29pm Thu 23 Jan 14

sarahsbrighton says...

Terry K wrote:
No doubt some deluded staffie owner will post on comments "it's not the dog....it's the owner", facts say it is the dog, other breeds don't do this
Other dogs don't do this? Rottweilers? Pitbulls? In most cases, unless a dog is frightened or startled, violent behaviour is down to the way it's been raised by its owner(s).

Yes, some breeds have a pre-disposition of being strong and boisterous, but that does NOT mean they all run about mauling people. Each owner needs to take responsibility for his/her animal - no matter the breed.

I know a friend who was severely bitten by a Spaniel... are they 'dangerous' dogs?

As with children, dogs are a reflection of their upbringing.
[quote][p][bold]Terry K[/bold] wrote: No doubt some deluded staffie owner will post on comments "it's not the dog....it's the owner", facts say it is the dog, other breeds don't do this[/p][/quote]Other dogs don't do this? Rottweilers? Pitbulls? In most cases, unless a dog is frightened or startled, violent behaviour is down to the way it's been raised by its owner(s). Yes, some breeds have a pre-disposition of being strong and boisterous, but that does NOT mean they all run about mauling people. Each owner needs to take responsibility for his/her animal - no matter the breed. I know a friend who was severely bitten by a Spaniel... are they 'dangerous' dogs? As with children, dogs are a reflection of their upbringing. sarahsbrighton
  • Score: 4

3:33pm Thu 23 Jan 14

sarahsbrighton says...

Terry K wrote:
The kennel club are biased, so their opinions are not relevant to this subject.It's no surprise to read recently that people have been poisoning these dogs with laced sausages, they belong on farms maybe and not in people's homes, if one ever bit me, i would sue to owner to the max and have the little beast destroyed. Sick and tired of selfish dog people imposing their animals on normal people.
Normal people do not condone poisoning animals.

Maybe you should go and live on this farm...you're more beastly than the dogs.
[quote][p][bold]Terry K[/bold] wrote: The kennel club are biased, so their opinions are not relevant to this subject.It's no surprise to read recently that people have been poisoning these dogs with laced sausages, they belong on farms maybe and not in people's homes, if one ever bit me, i would sue to owner to the max and have the little beast destroyed. Sick and tired of selfish dog people imposing their animals on normal people.[/p][/quote]Normal people do not condone poisoning animals. Maybe you should go and live on this farm...you're more beastly than the dogs. sarahsbrighton
  • Score: 2

6:40pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Sir Prised says...

As usual, the real problem lies with the penalty in the event of such a dog attack. If you choose to own ANY dog and it attacks either a person or another dog, then you should go to prison for 6 months, perhaps 12! It's because there's no consequences to such irresponsiblity, that some owners don't care.
As usual, the real problem lies with the penalty in the event of such a dog attack. If you choose to own ANY dog and it attacks either a person or another dog, then you should go to prison for 6 months, perhaps 12! It's because there's no consequences to such irresponsiblity, that some owners don't care. Sir Prised
  • Score: 1

6:47pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Terry K says...

Dog owners should be crb checked and apply for a license to own a dog, plus owners should have to attend a safety awareness course also, i like the chinese way personally, let's just eat them lol.
Dog owners should be crb checked and apply for a license to own a dog, plus owners should have to attend a safety awareness course also, i like the chinese way personally, let's just eat them lol. Terry K
  • Score: -2

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