Dog attack in Welwyn Garden City sparks calls for warden

PUBLISHED: 06:00 03 February 2014

Susan Smith with her dog Buddy

Susan Smith with her dog Buddy

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A vicious attack and thugs training ‘weapon dogs’ to maim, have sparked calls for wardens and prompted the question; are dogs out of control?

King Charles spaniel Buddy after he was attackedKing Charles spaniel Buddy after he was attacked

Susan Smith of Cherry Croft, Welwyn Garden City, was out walking her two-year-old King Charles spaniel Buddy, who was a rescue dog, when he was attacked in Crossway, Welwyn Garden City, Wednesday before last.

Mrs Smith herself was leapt on as the slavering hound made a beeline for her beloved dog.

She said of the attack: “It threw my dog around like a ragdoll. If it had been a kid, no chance.”

Mrs Smith has now launched a campaign for a dog warden in Welwyn Hatfield, a post which was axed last year to save money.

One of Buddy's woundsOne of Buddy's wounds

“I want people to be aware we have a problem in WGC with dog behaviour,” she added.

But the attack was not the only reason for concern about out-of-control canines.

Hatfield Town Council clerk Carrie Lloyd said: “They [irresponsible owners] take their dogs into the play area and they get their dogs to bite hold of the swing then push it so the dog is swinging. This strengthens the dog’s jaw.”

Mrs Lloyd said the “macho” technique was used so fearsome weapon dogs could savage “people or attack other dogs”.

Swings left with teeth marks from dogs biting themSwings left with teeth marks from dogs biting them

She added: “There is an increase in dogs in Hatfield, there appears to be an increase in dogs that are out of control of their owner.

“I’m concerned that there are children that could be harmed in Hatfield.”

She also said street wardens were unable to deal with dogs unless they were tied up.

A police spokeswoman said: “This has been resolved between both parties and the woman who had her dog injured is now apparently starting a petition with the council re[garding] lack of dog wardens.”

A council spokesman said: “We have a number of street wardens operating throughout the whole borough who would notify the police if they are made aware of a dangerous dog, or receive reports of one, in the same way as our previous dog warden would have done.

He added: “If anyone wishes to report a problem relating to dangerous dogs they should contact the police in the first instance.”


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