A distraught Mr Gonsalves informed the police, but because the incident was “dog on dog” he said it was not logged as an offence.
The police were lazy. And lying.
“It is hereby declared for the avoidance of doubt that an order under section 2 of the M1 Dogs Act 1871 (order on complaint that dog is dangerous and not kept under proper control)—
(a)may be made whether or not the dog is shown to have injured any person; and
(b)may specify the measures to be taken for keeping the dog under proper control, whether by muzzling, keeping on a lead, excluding it from specified places or otherwise.]”
And because so few people challenge them – thinking that as police, surely they are experts in the law? – they often get away with it.
After the attack on Wednesday, July 25, Mr Gonsalves set up a petition on the website www.change.org demanding the law be changed so dog owners can be prosecuted if their pets attack other dogs.
There’s no need for this petition nonsense. You need to get on the task of making the police do the job they are paid for. Other people have done, and won.