A DOG owner whose pet was left needing 40 stitches after it was attacked by a Rotweiller has told the Advertiser something needs to be done about out-of-control animals.
Jane Gould and her husband David, were walking their two daschunds on Chaucer Park when the Rotweiller ran towards them and bit one of the Gould’s pets on the leg.
David picked up their pet to try and stop it dog being hurt anymore but the Rotweiller managed to bite the other leg.
Mrs Gould said: “Obviously we’re very upset about what happened to Sam but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen dogs off the lead and out-of-control and you’ve got to look at the wider picture.
“What if one of these dogs goes for a small child? There’s always children playing on the park and if one of theses big dogs goes for them they’d be nothing anyone could do.”
Mrs Gould explained that the attack earlier this month was not the first time she had seen dogs off the lead and not listening to orders from owners.
She said: “There’s been loads of times when I’ve been walking my dogs and others have run over completing ignoring their owners’ calls and gone to attack my pets.
“I had to scoop them both up once after a Staffordshire bull terrier charged over.
“If people are walking their dogs they need to make sure they are under control, I know sometimes dogs go after others but this is going on all the time.”
Scott Cartledge, Neighbourhood Warden manager for Erewash Borough Council, said: “At present in Erewash there are no Dog Control Orders that state dogs should be kept on a lead, therefore people may exercise their dogs off a lead.
“It is important, however, that dog owners ensure they have proper control of their pets at all times.
“We would always ask dog owners to be responsible and if they are aware of any problems their dogs have, they should take the appropriate action – and that means, if necessary, keeping them on a lead to avoid any aggressive behaviour.”