A COUNCIL chief has told a woman in Cheadle there is little he can do to prevent a killer bulldog from potentially attacking yet more people and their pets.
The feedback was given to a woman in Cheadle after she complained following the latest of a series of alleged attacks in Jubilee Park.
The American bulldog, was given a control order by Stockport Magistrates in January, after he killed a Shih Tzu in the park last September.
The fear of further attacks led to a gathering of more than 130 dog walkers in the park in July to try to determine how to prevent the attacks and bring this and other aggressive dogs under control
The unnamed woman, who complained about the attack on her Westie dog told the Mail: “Everybody gives this dog a wide berth because he is on a lead, which is at least 10 metres in length, which means it is near impossible to avoid him.
“Despite the muzzle the bulldog still lunged at my dog and pinned him to the floor. It was one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen and I felt physically sick because it was clear the owner was not in control as he was trying to pull him off my dog. It was the most terrifying thing in all my life and left me shaking. ”
In a response to her complaint last month, Stuart Jackson, the director of place management said the service had warned the owner to keep the bulldog on a short lead but there was little else he could do.
In explaining his reasons for not taking further action Mr Jackson said: “The owners have been reminded of their responsibility to ensure the dog is kept under proper control and is not a danger to animals or people.
“However, these are only recommendations and are not something the service could legally enforce”
He added: “A decision has been made that there is insufficient evidence to constitute a breach of the order at this time.”
Ian and Vicky Ward whose dog was killed by the bulldog are now warning something urgently needs doing to protect both animals and people.
Ian said: “The attack which led to the death of nine year old Leo took place as we were walking near the tennis courts and he was off the lead.
“He had already been attacked by the bulldog a couple of months earlier when he was bit on the shoulder but this time was different. He is a big dog and once he locked his jaws on Leo and he would not let go and he had hold of him for at least five minutes. I have training in martial arts and I kicked him at least three foot into the air but he still would not let go.”
Ambulance paramedics were called to the scene after Vicky had a an asthma attack at the scene.
Vets revealed that the ferocity of the attack by the bulldog had crushed one side of Leo’s head and jaw and ripped into both his body and eye socket causing nerve damage and they decided to put him down.
Ian added: “Despite this dog being muzzled, the power and the size of this dog is unbelievable and something needs doing urgently before a child or another dog is seriously injured.”
Nicky Crowe, who organised the park gathering, said: “Since this control order was placed on this particular bulldog there have been at least three more incidents involving this dog and given the length of the lead and the aggressive nature of the dog, something needs urgently doing before an animal or a person are not seriously injured.”
Councillor Stuart Bodsworth, executive member for Communities and Sustainability told the Mail: “The council takes residents’ concerns about dangerous dogs very seriously. In this case, the council obtained a court order requiring the dog to be kept on a lead and muzzled.
“We have recently received two further complaints about the dog in question. Following these reports we wrote to the owners and recommended that the dog was kept on a shorter lead. In this instance there wasn’t sufficient evidence to show a breach of the court order. We will continue to monitor the situation and if there is a breach of the order, appropriate action will be taken.”
If any one has any concerns about the behaviour of dogs they can contact the council’s dog warden service on 0161 474 4207.