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Pet owner calls for tougher laws after dogs savaged on Ruskington Recreational Field

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: October 10, 2012

ATTACKED: Greyhound Kane was attacked by another dog in Ruskington.

ATTACKED: Greyhound Kane was attacked by another dog in Ruskington.

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A DOG lover is calling for stronger enforcement on laws to keep pets on a lead on a recreation field after his dogs were savaged.

Gary Read was walking his show greyhounds on Ruskington Recreational Field on leads when another dog, off the leash, came over and attacked his dogs.

Mia, five, was left with stomach injuries and Kane, also five, was left with serious injuries to the side of his face.

Mr Read, who rushed his dogs to the vets, was left devastated and said: "There was fur and blood everywhere and my hands were covered in blood.

"I was traumatised at the time and am very upset about this.

What if this happened to a child? Stronger enforcement needs to be put in place to ensure this does not happen again."

Mr Read was walking his dogs at about 5.15pm on October 2 when the attack happened.

He added: "They are both on antibiotics but it will be an ongoing thing to make sure infection does not set in.

"They have both won many competitions as show dogs but will no longer be able to be entered for shows."

Kane recently won best in show at Spalding Dog Show.

Mr Read, who is a volunteer for Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust, added: "I always keep my dogs on their lead as by nature they are very active and like to run around.

"It would be silly to let them off their leads."

There is a bylaw in place at Ruskington Recreational Playing Field for pet owners to keep their dogs on a lead.

Mr Read contacted the police as soon as the attack happened.

Lincolnshire Police spokesman James Newall confirmed the incident had been reported to police but said more enforcement could not be put in place.

He added: "The police were called in regards to an attack on the dogs by a German Shepherd dog. There were two people with the dog, a man and a woman. The man was described as between 55 and 60 and the woman in her early 50s wearing glasses.

"They were seen getting in to a mini with a Union Flag on."

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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  • mynameis  |  October 12 2012, 4:05AM

    My dog was attacked by a Staffie type dog which was off it's lead (the owners used to chuck the poor thing out into the street to go to the toilet). Not only has my dog suffered physical scarring but also physiologically he has never been the same, which is 100 times worse than any physical scarring. Now he is scared of most other dogs and is likely to lash out as a form of self defence. It is very sad that police have not got the powers to do anything about dog on dog attacks.

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  • yogi71  |  October 10 2012, 8:43PM

    I walk my dog with a ski pole as a walking aid, im damn sure that if a dog tried to attack my dog i would use the ski pole and stab it.. then deal with the consequences after...

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  • mustang186  |  October 10 2012, 6:48PM

    As far as I'm aware a dog causing injury to another dog cannot be described as dangerous and therefore the Police would not prosecute. If a person has injury/damage caused that's a different matter. I fear the only offence committed is one against the local bye-law mentioned on keeping a dog on a lead in a public place. I have first hand experience of this type of incident as my greyhound was attacked by a loose dog. The owners of the german shepherd should be ashamed. The only way that something can be done is for people to stand up and report these people who flount the rules, but bear in mind you need evidence nowadays video/photo's not just one word against another.

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  • InsideStory  |  October 10 2012, 6:25PM

    "They have both won many competitions as show dogs but will no longer be able to be entered for shows." I would have that was the least of his problems lets get the dogs back to full health before worrying about showing. I hope they make a full recovery .

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  • blindimp  |  October 10 2012, 1:19PM

    Someone knows who they are. Do the decent thing. OR HOW CAN YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT.

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  • simonlincs  |  October 10 2012, 1:06PM

    He looks a bit ruff....

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  • LincolnFran  |  October 10 2012, 12:02PM

    A key question would be did the car have just a small material Union Jack flag flying on it or was it one of the Mini's with the Union Jack painted on as part of it's colour. If the latter then there can't be that many of them and it should be easy to find the keepers of the German shepherd.

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  • Localperson55  |  October 10 2012, 9:10AM

    What a horrendous experience for owner and greyhounds. As Mr Read points out what if it had been a child or a child walking the dogs? There is no mention in the story that the other dog owners did anything and the inference is they got away as soon as possible. I do hope the owners of the German Shepherd do the decent thing and, at the very least, make contact with Mr Read via the Greyhound Trust to apologise and pay for the vet bills. They should also commit to keeping their dog under proper control in the future. If none of this happens I hope the police trace and prosecute the owner(s) for keeping a dangerous dog and the court award proper compensation. Hopefully, tracing them will not be too difficult and they are the subject of future reporting in the Echo.

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