11 children have been bitten by a Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog in Blyth, Northumberland. The incident occurred on May 18th at around 18:30PM. Three of the children spent the night in hospital, and one child – a seven year old girl – is expected to require skin grafts.
The dog was restrained by Adam Mulvey, father of one of the girls attacked by the dog. Mr Mulvey was able to use a cardigan to tie the dog to a fence.
Mr Mulvey said:
“I got a knock on the door from a little girl telling us that there were several children trapped in the park with the dog, and one of them was my little girl.”
“I could see her from the house and everyone else screaming, howling, it was just horrific.”
“I’m a dog lover and it killed me to sit on it and hold its face to the ground. But it was a powerful dog – not a nice thing to happen.”
Fiona Richards, a local resident whose daughter was bitten on the thigh during the attack, commented:
“The dog was running around super fast biting every kid in there, I saw it grab a little one by the shoulder. It was bedlam.”
Neil Wilkson, also a local resident, said:
“There were about 30 kids in there and the dog just arrived from nowhere. “I got in and started lifting them up and out of the park. As I was doing it the dog leapt up and bit my son on the arm.”
Police arrested a 37 year old woman on suspicion of owning a dangerously out of control dog. Two further people who were helping the police with their investigation have been released on bail.
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The Metropolitan Police predicts that around 300 dangerous dogs will be destroyed this year as a result of operations carried out by the Status Dogs Unit (SDU). This follows a 7% rise in dangerous dog seizures in London last year – only 56 of the dogs seized were deemed suitable for rehoming. The SDU – formed in 2009 – is a specialist branch of the Met Police that deals exclusively with dangerous dogs.
Types of dangerous dog
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 introduced ‘breed specific legislation’ that bans the ownership, breeding, selling, or giving away of four types of dog:
Pit Bull Terrier
Breaching the legislation may result in a fine of up to £5,000 and a potential prison sentence of up to six months.
Dangerous dogs – police action
There are several circumstances under which the police may take action against a suspected dangerous dog:
A report of a dog being encouraged to fight other dogs
A report of a banned breed that has not been granted exemption
A report of breeding, selling, abandoning, or giving away a banned breed
A report that a dog has been dangerously out of control (i.e. causing or threatening injury)
There are an estimated 10 million pet dogs in the UK. If you think that you may be in possession of a banned breed, you may qualify for an “exemption” if the police deem that your animal does not pose a threat. Qualifying for an exemption involves a court procedure that may impose conditions such as muzzling in public.
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Staff at the Lincoln County hospital alerted police after the woman was admitted at around 10:30PM last night. Police immediately warned residents to stay indoors while a hunt for the animal was conducted.
Armed police and a police helicopter were involved in the search.
Insp Michelle McIlroy said:
“She has suffered quite devastating injuries. They are not described as life-threatening, but certainly life-changing.”
The animal – which was not owned by the woman – was captured by police at around 1:30AM this morning and is now in kennels.
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