Warning after dog attacks

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A warning has been issued 
after two dogs were attacked by others on the loose – one needed treatment at a vet’s.

Police want people to keep their pets on leads after the two incidents in the Heanor and Loscoe areas.

In the latest incident a pet was taken to the vets suffering from shock after being allegedly attacked by two loose dogs on Wednesday, June 11.

A 70-year-old woman was walking with two dogs on leads just after 11am on Milward Road, Loscoe, when two other dogs, described as dark coloured and like a Staffordshire bull terrier, ran across and attacked them.

During the incident a man passing by stopped his van to help the woman separate the dogs, and the two dogs that were loose ran off.

A similar incident happened on Loscoe Road, Heanor, just before 10am on Thursday, May 15. A woman was walking a Jack Russell when two loose dogs allegedly ran over and attacked.

The Jack Russell suffered a small, minor injury but did not need to see a vet.

One of the loose dogs is described as being black, and the other brindle coloured and both were of either a pit bull or Staffordshire bull terrier type.

Enquiries are currently ongoing by police to try to locate the owner of the dogs in both incidents, but it is not known if it was the same dogs involved.

PC Sarah Allcock of the Heanor and Loscoe Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “While most people are responsible dog owners, in light of these recent incidents we want to remind people to make sure that their pet is kept under appropriate control, as the consequences could be serious if your dog was to injure a person or another animal.

“It is an offence to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, and we will always investigate and take appropriate action in cases where safety could be put at risk.”

Advice to dog owners include:

Keep dogs on a lead around busy roads.

If you allow your dog out into the garden, make sure that fences and gates will keep them safe and secure.

If you know your dog is not good with other dogs, animals, children or with people, then avoid letting them off the lead in public areas and places where they could come into contact.

If you allow teenagers or youngsters to walk the dog, make sure they would be able to control them while out walking.

Always clean up after your dog, carry ‘poop scoop’ bags and dispose of the waste in a litter bin.

If you are in an area where there are farm animals or wildlife, make sure you keep your dog under control, especially during lambing season when they should be kept on a lead.

There is help and information on keeping and caring for dogs, and other animals, online, including on the RSPCA’s website: www.rspca.org.uk, Blue Cross for Pets at www.bluecross.org.uk or The Kennel Club: www.thekennelclub.org.uk