A woman in Southborough says she wants more action from the authorities to combat irresponsible dog owners after she was bitten on the face and arms by a large dog.
The victim was subjected to an unrelenting attack from the dog – which was not on its lead and out of control – in the woods in Southborough Common on January 12th.
The injuries required hospital treatment and the police investigation concluded the injuries reached the legal threshold of Actual Bodily Harm.
Despite initial suggestions by a police officer that the owner of the dangerous dog could be ordered to have it muzzled and put on a lead in public, the police now say no civil action can be enforced.
The dog that caused the injuries was a fox red Labrador called Liska (pictured below with the woman who was walking the Labrador). The dog was in season at the time.
The Labrador initially appeared friendly, but then circled the victim’s own smaller dog – before the Labrador closed its jaws on the smaller dog.
To save the life of her own small dog, the woman then lifted her dog into her arms and walked away, but the labrador went after them.
The Labrador then repeatedly leapt up to try to attack the small dog and the victim. The victim eventually managed to grab the collar of the Labrador and its owner finally put the Labrador on a lead.
The police promised to visit the home of the Labrador’s owner but no such visit appears to have taken place. The officer who spoke to the victim now says no orders to muzzle dangerous dogs can be enforced by either the police or dog wardens.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has been notified, but apparently not the owner of the woods which is Southborough Town Council.
Kent Police were asked for a statement on the incident last Thursday but have not responded.
In a separate recent attack in Tunbridge Wells, a man’s Dachshund dog was killed by another out-of-control dog.