Royston: Dog Attack By Loose Animals

5 February 2014, 06:00

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a female dog was attacked by two dogs that were running loose in Newman Avenue, Royston on Sunday, Jan 26.

At approximately 6.15pm a 25 year-old woman from Royston was walking along the road when two dogs appeared and began to attack her dog - a West Highland Terrier and Jack Russell cross.

The woman tried to force the dogs away and was bitten in the process which caused a small puncture wound and bruising to her arm. She cried out for help and two men who live close by came to her assistance and shooed the dogs away.

The first dog was described as looking similar to a Rottweiler and the second dog was thought to be a Staffordshire bull terrier with black and brown colouring.

The dog sustained serious injuries that needed veterinary treatment.

Investigating officer PC Ricky Heathcote told Heart: "This was a frightening ordeal for the woman and her dog to have gone through. Thankfully the dog survived, however she sustained painful injuries.

I am appealing to anyone who thinks they may know the owner of these two dogs to get in contact as soon possible. Whoever owns the dogs is extremely irresponsible. We have decided to release the picture to show the impact of the attack and the consequences of negligent dog ownership."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Heathcote via the non-emergency number 101 citing crime reference number G4/14/66. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, an independent charity, on 0800 555 111.

Owning a dog involves a great deal of responsibility. The Constabulary would recommend the following advice to keep your dogs under control:

1. Train your dog in obedience, so that it is under control at all times. 

2. Keep your dog on a lead anywhere near a road or where there are other animals. Make sure your dog has a collar with name and address.

3. Make sure that your garden is properly fenced so that your dog cannot escape. Never let your dog out on its own but take it for properly controlled exercise.

4. Microchipping will soon be compulsory for all dog owners in England in April 2016 following a recent announcement made by the Government. By getting your dog microchipped you can be rest assured that should the dog be lost or stolen, it is more likely to be returned to you safe and sound.

5. Do not allow your dog to bark constantly, a well-trained dog is not one that barks at everyone and everything. Dogs that are kept outside for long periods often bark more.

6. Do not leave your dog alone for long periods, dogs are pack animals and need companionship.