Warning to St Albans dog walkers after pet savaged

11:24 02 July 2012

Poppy the beagle

Poppy the beagle

Archant

CONCERNED dog walkers have issued a warning to other owners after their beagle was attacked by another canine in Jersey Farm.

Poppy, a beagle belonging to Jacqueline Voyce and Alec Monaghan, was attacked on open space on the estate by a brown pit bull-type dog and suffered multiple injuries which required emergency veterinary treatment.

The vet found a number of puncture wounds on two-year-old Poppy including quite a deep gash on her rump, and she has been on a course of antibiotics since the attack earlier this month.

Alec had taken Poppy for a walk on her lead on the fields next to Richmond Walk in Jersey Farm when the other dog, which Jacqueline described as muscly and either a Staffy or pit bull type animal, ran up to Poppy and grabbed her by the neck.

Alec seized Poppy and put her on his shoulders but the dog, which was called Roxy, still kept jumping up at her until its owner, described as elderly and limping, managed to pull it away and drove off in an older-style blue Vauxhall Corsa.

Jacqueline said Alec had been left with a minor bite on his hand and very shaken by what had happened. She added: “There are so many lovely dogs in our local area and we wouldn’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

Police were called after the attack and they looked around the area to see if they could find the car.

A police spokesman said: “Dog owners that allow their pets to be dangerously out of control in a public place such as happened here could be breaking the law.

“All types of dog can be considered dangerously out of control if they injure another person’s animal, or if the owner of an animal believes that they could be injured if they intervened in such an attack.”

He added: “Those found to be breaking the law face a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment and in certain circumstances, they could be banned from keeping a dog and their animal could be destroyed.”

0 comments

More news stories

12:00
More than 800 people attended Eid in the Park, which is now in its second year

Hundreds of people gathered in a park to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month in which Muslims observe daily fasts.

06:00
The Friday Friends Club, winners of the Maltings Community Heroes award are presented the award by centre manager Phil Corrigan

A local organisation that provides the elderly with a day of activities and a cooked lunch has been rewarded for its efforts.

Yesterday, 16:55
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

New Secretary of State Sajid Javid has been urged to reconsider the go ahead for a rail freight interchange in St Albans in the wake of the decision about a similar scheme near Slough.

Yesterday, 16:11
The swans have died from suspected avian botulism, a paralytic disease

Three swans have died from suspected botulism in Verulamium Lake due to the excessive build up of silt.

St Albans Sinkhole News

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Nearly there: Over 500 cubic metres of foamed concrete have now been poured into the sinkhole in Fontmell Close, St Albans. Photo courtesy of Ringway

A series of possible remedial measures are now being considered by the county council to finish capping the 12-metre wide sinkhole in St Albans and fix the damaged road.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read stories

Local business directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most commented stories

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards