Local Welwyn Garden City celebrity speaks out after dog attack

PUBLISHED: 09:23 09 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:23 09 March 2016

Alex Larke with his dog Rodney

Alex Larke with his dog Rodney


A Panshanger man wants to make residents aware of dog safety after his own pet was attacked.

Alex Larke’s fiancée Tamara Rodrigo, was walking their Staffie cross boxer named Rodney when the incident occurred.

Tamara was walking Rodney through the fields next to the airfield in Panshanger when another beige coloured Staffie that was off the lead ran up and attacked.

Alex, who represented the UK in the Eurovision song contest in 2015, said: “It should never have been off the lead and it was totally out of control.

“Rodney is dreadful with other big dogs, but he wears a bright yellow jacket saying “I NEED SPACE” and stays on the lead.”

The incident which occurred on February 25, left Rodney with multiple injuries. Cuts on his nose where he had been bitten on both sides, a hole through his tongue and a ripped up muzzle,

Alex said: “I want to make people aware that this can happen. If your dog is funny with other dogs keep it on a lead.

“Get insurance for your pet, it’s so important in case they get injured. It could save your dog’s life.”

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