Attack sparks call for review of dog control legislation

The woman attacked by the dog at Mossley Park suffered scrapes and bruises to her back and side. INNT 41-521CON

The woman attacked by the dog at Mossley Park suffered scrapes and bruises to her back and side. INNT 41-521CON

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There have been renewed calls for the council to review its dog control policies after a woman was injured in a dog attack in Mossley.

The woman, who didn’t want to be identified, suffered bruising and scrapes to her back and side as she tried to shield her King Charles Spaniel puppy from an aggressive Chocolate Labrador-type dog during the terrifying incident last month.

“It was a very traumatic and horrifying experience and one that I’ll never forget,” the woman told the Times.

“I would call on all dog owners to please take responsibility for their pets. This could have happened to a child or an elderly person.

“I just want people to keep their dogs under control so that all other dog lovers can enjoy pleasant walks with their much-loved family pets.”

A council spokesperson confirmed that they are investigating the incident, which happened close to Mossley Pavilion.

The incident was highlighted by Alliance Councillor Billy Webb at Monday night’s (October 6) Environment Committee meeting, during which he called for a review of signage relating to areas where dogs must be kept on the lead.

Speaking after the meeting, UUP Councillor John Scott said: “The whole thing needs to be reviewed. This isn’t the only incident to have happened recently.

“We need stricter regulations on where dogs are allowed to be let off the lead to run free.

“If a dog is out in public then I think it should be kept on the lead, except in specially designated areas.”

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