By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 13 September 2013 Updated: 13/09 10:39
A DOG owner has warned residents to be on their guard after his Labrador cross was attacked.
Tim Barton was walking his dog Ellie in Leysters Close last Thursday evening (September 5) when a Staffordshire bull terrier reportedly ran out from some bushes and latched on to her hind leg, thankfully leaving her with no permanent injury.
He told the Standard he had warned the owner, a teenager in a red top believed to be around 16, to put his dog on a lead.
Mr Barton, who lives in Treville Close, said he had also heard of similar incidents and was concerned there had been a spate of attacks around the Winyates area.
But PC Paul Kennedy, from the Winyates Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Apart from the incident in Leysters Close, we haven’t had any other specific dog attacks reported to us recently.
“Staffordshire bull terriers have a reputation for aggression, and while this is not always the case, they are undoubtedly big, powerful dogs, and owners have a responsibility to other people and their pets to ensure they keep control of them.
“It is an offence to have a dog out of control in a public place, and we recommend dogs are walked on a lead.”
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