Braintree: Dog attack has ruined Christmas, says disabled pet owner

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree: Dog attack has ruined Christmas, says disabled pet owner Braintree: Dog attack has ruined Christmas, says disabled pet owner

A disabled woman says Christmas is ruined after the third attack on her dog left her with a £600 vet bill.

Linda Barnes, of Peel Crescent, Braintree, has reported last Saturday’s attack near her home to the RSPCA, police and Braintree Council.

She claims a Staffy cross dog ran over and had its jaws over the head of her Lhasa Apso, Chester, causing a series of puncture wounds.

Mrs Barnes, whose friend managed to free Chester, added: “The owner didn’t even come over and say sorry or come and see if everything was OK.

“It’s ruined my Christmas.”

Mrs Barnes, 54, said Chester has pet insurance, but she did not want to make a claim because her premium would go up.

 

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1:18pm Sun 15 Dec 13

new resident says...

Too many owners in this area do not take enough responsibility for their dogs. If people or other dogs are around then dogs should be kept on a lead and not allowed to roam unattended and unsupervised.
Too many owners in this area do not take enough responsibility for their dogs. If people or other dogs are around then dogs should be kept on a lead and not allowed to roam unattended and unsupervised. new resident

6:45pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Soop1958 says...

poor Chester, hope he heals up ok and has a good Christmas despite this.
poor Chester, hope he heals up ok and has a good Christmas despite this. Soop1958

8:51am Mon 16 Dec 13

The Stinker Returns says...

No point in having insurance and then not using it. Of course the premium goes up if you make a claim but it's surely better than forking out the whole £600 bill. I have seen these random attacks by staffies on other little dogs and Chester is lucky he's alive. What a horrible thing to happen
No point in having insurance and then not using it. Of course the premium goes up if you make a claim but it's surely better than forking out the whole £600 bill. I have seen these random attacks by staffies on other little dogs and Chester is lucky he's alive. What a horrible thing to happen The Stinker Returns

10:02am Mon 16 Dec 13

s1nhead says...

This is a horrendous thing to happen to poor Chester, Might i just add any dog can attack another dog, not just Staffies. some people are quick to blame the breed of dog. IF you own a dog that's aggressive then they are aggressive because this is the way you have trained them to be, therefor the owner of the dog is responsible for this attack. they should be made to pay for the vet bill its down to the owner to muzzle the dog or at the very least have it on a lead at all times when out in public.
This is a horrendous thing to happen to poor Chester, Might i just add any dog can attack another dog, not just Staffies. some people are quick to blame the breed of dog. IF you own a dog that's aggressive then they are aggressive because this is the way you have trained them to be, therefor the owner of the dog is responsible for this attack. they should be made to pay for the vet bill its down to the owner to muzzle the dog or at the very least have it on a lead at all times when out in public. s1nhead

1:57pm Mon 16 Dec 13

This-is-what-I-have-to-say says...

What is the point in having insurance if you're not going to use it! Surely the premium wouldn't go up by £600! What a load of nonesense
What is the point in having insurance if you're not going to use it! Surely the premium wouldn't go up by £600! What a load of nonesense This-is-what-I-have-to-say

6:47am Tue 17 Dec 13

keith_l says...

s1nhead wrote:
This is a horrendous thing to happen to poor Chester, Might i just add any dog can attack another dog, not just Staffies. some people are quick to blame the breed of dog. IF you own a dog that's aggressive then they are aggressive because this is the way you have trained them to be, therefor the owner of the dog is responsible for this attack. they should be made to pay for the vet bill its down to the owner to muzzle the dog or at the very least have it on a lead at all times when out in public.
People are quick to blame staffies for one reason - they are involved in a disproportionate number of attacks on both other dogs and people. Their nature is that they are incredibly loyal to their own families, and so attack anything that they perceive as threats. They also account for a high proportion of dogs needing to be rehomed by charities such as Battersea, which indicates that many of their owners do not take them seriously, so are probably unlikely to properly train them.
[quote][p][bold]s1nhead[/bold] wrote: This is a horrendous thing to happen to poor Chester, Might i just add any dog can attack another dog, not just Staffies. some people are quick to blame the breed of dog. IF you own a dog that's aggressive then they are aggressive because this is the way you have trained them to be, therefor the owner of the dog is responsible for this attack. they should be made to pay for the vet bill its down to the owner to muzzle the dog or at the very least have it on a lead at all times when out in public.[/p][/quote]People are quick to blame staffies for one reason - they are involved in a disproportionate number of attacks on both other dogs and people. Their nature is that they are incredibly loyal to their own families, and so attack anything that they perceive as threats. They also account for a high proportion of dogs needing to be rehomed by charities such as Battersea, which indicates that many of their owners do not take them seriously, so are probably unlikely to properly train them. keith_l

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