Bounding dogs that bite
By Velda Bynoe | Fri, October 12, 2012 - 12:01 AM()
On Tuesday, September 25, at 6:05 p.m., I was walking in the neighbourhood with my two small dogs, each secured on a leash. A neighbour’s full grown German Shepherd and a Labrador, unleashed and unsecured, came bounding through the gate.
The Labrador pinned my small dog to the ground, biting him. My frightened dog cried in pain, as I tried to get the big dog off, using a very small stick – the only thing to hand.
The dog owner arrived, but could get no control of her dog. Instead, she assaulted me, punching my forehand and pushing me. Meantime, the neighbour’s visiting boyfriend was restraining the German Shepherd.
I called the police, but the young constable who came was ineffectual. He did not explain to my neighbour the laws of Barbados concerning dogs being secured in public; he did not ask why her dogs were not under control; he did not ask for registration papers . . . .
Residents are worried about their safety ever since this woman and her big aggressive dogs came.
The police do not seem to take seriously the increasing public attacks by dogs not under control of their owners. Knife attacks, yes; but not these dog attacks!
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