December 12 2013 Latest news:
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An upset Norwich woman has pleaded with dog owners to keep their pets on a lead - after seeing her dog attacked for the third time in just over three years.
Jazz, a 14-year-old lhasa apso, has been left with cuts and bruises after he was savaged by what his owner has described as a Staffordshire bull terrier cross-breed.
Unfortunately for Pat McAndrews, 66, it is not the first time she has seen Jazz attacked.
The retired social worker has campaigned about unleashed dogs since her Yorkshire terrier, named Ed, was killed by a Staffordshire bull terrier in September 2011.
Jazz was hurt in that attack as well, and again in February of this year, near the home of Mrs McAndrews in Douro Place, off Dereham Road.
This time they had been for a walk and were returning home at around 6.15pm on Tuesday when Mrs McAndrews says the dog ran out of an entrance to a block of flats and attacked Jazz.
Mrs McAndrews said. “The owners said my dog had barked and that’s why their dog ran off but I said even if that was the case, their dog should have been on a lead.”
Mrs McAndrews has reported the incident to police, with a Norfolk Constabulary spokesman confirming the incident but saying it is expected to be pursued as a civil matter.
“All I want is for people to keep their dogs on a lead,” Mrs McAndrews continued. “I’m 66 and getting old so I haven’t got the reflexes like I used to have, so I couldn’t quickly pick Jazz up.
“This is an old peoples’ area and we all love our dogs. I don’t want to keep going on about this but it keeps happening.”
In April 2011 Mrs McAndrews joined dozens of people in a protest walk from Paragon Place to Douro Place after a kitten and two dogs, one being Mrs McAndrews’ Yorkshire terrier, were killed by unleashed Staffys.
A petition asking for signs encouraging owners to keep dogs on leads in Douro Place was signed by 400 people but Norwich City Council said there was not enough evidence that a dog control order would be proportionate.
The punishment for the owner of a dog which attacks a pet, if found to have not had their dog under control, is a fine of up to £1,000.