Norwich dog attack sparks dog order plea

Dog lover Patricia McAndrews at home with Jazz, before he was attacked. Her other dog Ed died after

Dog lover Patricia McAndrews at home with Jazz, before he was attacked. Her other dog Ed died after being attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Paragon Place, Norwich, not far from her home.

Calls have been made for an order to be introduced requiring all dogs to be kept on leads in an area of Norwich, after a pet was attacked.

Pat McAndrews, 66, from Douro Place, off Dereham Road, lost her dog, Ed, more than two years ago, when he was attacked in nearby Paragon Place. And this week her other dog, Jazz, was attacked near her home.

Mrs McAndrews, a retired social worker, saw her dog, Ed killed by a Staffordshire bull terrier in September 2010.

She said: 'We cannot believe that it has nearly happened again. We have had Jazz, who is 13, since he was nine months old. All we want is sensible people to be in charge of dogs. I have been fighting for all dogs in this area to be on leads since Ed died.'

Norwich South MP Simon Wright said: 'This seems to be an ongoing problem with dogs not on leads, and it's causing a real nuisance and in some cases actual harm.

'I was shocked to hear that Pat's pet has become another victim. I have called on the council to introduce a dog control order, which will require people to have dogs on leads in that part of the city.

'I think it's time for the council to act and bring this order in now.'

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Two years ago dozens of people joined a protest march from Paragon Place to Douro Place, calling for a clampdown on dog owners who let their pets roam off the lead following attacks on pets by Staffordshire bull terriers.

Norwich City Council cabinet member Keith Driver said: 'This must have been a very upsetting incident for Mrs McAndrews.

'We do have some powers to adopt dog control orders but we can only do that where we have enough evidence that such an order would be proportionate. We currently have the evidence for dog fouling and have therefore adopted an order for the whole city, but we have very few reports of issues with unleashed dogs so have no plans to adopt such an order for this issue at this time.

'The good news is that, based upon the minimal reports we've received, it would appear the vast majority of dog owners in Norwich are responsible. However, we welcome any additional information about aspects of dog control that might help to inform future decisions around this.'

Anyone with information should call police on 101.