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Plea for dog owners to muzzle pets after attack at Tattershall Lakes Country Park

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: October 17, 2012

  • DOG ATTACKED: Sally-Ann Collins, the owner of Frankie Junior, is appealing for dog owners to muzzle their pets after her dog was bitten.

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AN ANIMAL lover is calling for dog owners to muzzle their pets after her dog was severely bitten.

Sally-Ann Collins who lives at Tattershall Lakes Country Park is making the appeal for dog owners to be more responsible after her Westie cross, Frankie Junior, was bitten by two greyhounds in a public area of the park.

Both the greyhounds were on leads when the incident happened on October 4.

Mrs Collins said: "I have got two dogs and they are both so docile. I was getting into my car to go to Boston when we saw the two greyhounds being walked. My dog simply went up to say hello, she is not violent or aggressive.

"The greyhounds then attacked her, tearing the arteries in her neck.

"There was so much blood it was absolutely awful. She went into a deep state of shock."

Mrs Collins was able to get Frankie Junior to a vet who said her pet was lucky to be alive.

She added: "What worries me is if it had been a child who had been attacked, there would be no way they would have been able to get to hospital for treatment in time.

"Dog owners should be putting muzzles on their pets if they think their dogs are going to be aggressive while out being walked, then they can't harm anyone or any other animal.

"I came to stay at this park to recover from further heart surgery in July, this has all been rather traumatic. Also Frankie Junior had a tumour removed from her lymph glands in July which she has only just recovered from"

She said Frankie Junior has been left frightened and lost her confidence when outside.

Mrs Collins reported the incident to the police.

A spokesman from Lincolnshire Police said the matter was looked into but said it is not a criminal case as the dogs were on leads and it was an attack on another dog which in law, is viewed differently to a dog attack on a person.

The spokesman said: "We are aware that Mrs Collins has appealed for owners to muzzle their dogs. There are certain breeds of dog which have to be compulsory muzzled but greyhounds are not one of those breeds.

"We would like to remind dog owners that they are duly responsible for their pets."

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  • SoozJewels  |  October 17 2012, 10:02PM

    It's an unequal situation when one dog is on a lead and another off lead. The owners had full control of the greyhounds, the lady whose dog was bitten is at fault here. Had a child gone up to the greyhounds, the owners of the dog would've had the situation under full control and be able to advise the children whether or not the animals could be petted and therefore her argument that all dogs needs to be muzzled is an absoute nonsense. I hope her dog makes a full recovery but in future she really needs to realise that when others have their dogs on leads it could be for a reason, they might be under training, being rehabilitated or just had an operation and need to be kept quiet and unbothered. You mustn't let your off lead dog approach other dogs on the lead without the permission of the other owners, it is good dog etiquette to call your dog back, if you don't have total recall control over your dog, it shouldn't be off the lead at all.

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  • yogi71  |  October 17 2012, 4:21PM

    I think the best course of action would be to put a 'muzzle' on Sally-Ann Collins (thats if they make one big enough) It is the owners responsibility to ensure all dogs remain on a lead in an open public area, if your dog is bitten because it goes up to another dog then im sorry to say this, but you are frankly quite stupid. You know nothing about the behaviour of other dogs so why risk it. It is quite well documented that tall/large dogs often fear the small terrier type dogs more than one its own size. 'SO PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH AND BE A RESPONSIBLE OWNER, BY KEEPING YOUR DOG ON A LEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!'

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  • chestnutbob  |  October 17 2012, 3:35PM

    http://tinyurl.com/cbhe4qy Great article for dog owners!

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  • colliebird  |  October 17 2012, 12:09PM

    Mrs Collin's dog should have been on a lead instead of the owner allowing it to approach the two dogs that were on a lead. If a dog feels threatened, it can fight or flee, and as the dogs were on leads, they did the only thing they could do to protect themselves. Mrs Collins was irresponsible and should practise what she preaches, and put a muzzle on her own dog if it is allowed to wander off lead. She would benefit from a course at a dog training club.

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  • dlhutton85  |  October 17 2012, 11:21AM

    I wonder if the owner is going to take her own advice and muzzle her darling Frankie Junior????? As a fellow owner of 2 soft as they come greyhounds who have been attacked on their doorstep by an out of control dog I would have had a few harsh words for the owner who is obviously incapable of admitting that actually she is the one at fault here for letting her dog run over to say "hello". If you cant keep your animals under control dont have them. Its as simple as that. And congratulations to Lincolnshire Police for not doing anything with this complaint.

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  • Vexxed  |  October 17 2012, 11:10AM

    Sally-Ann Collins is the one at fault here. I am sick and tired of these arrogant people like her, who just allow their dogs to run up and jump and every other dog then complain when another dog takes exception to this and teaches it some manners. I had a similar problem when walking my dog and a neighbours dog. My girl staffie had taken on our neighbours dog as her own pup. They were happily playing when another dog jumped on my neighbours pup and made him yelp. My dog immediately chased off this intruder and returned to "her pup" the woman came screaming up saying how vicious my dog was and how she should be muzzled. I shall censor my comments or this post will be banned. However, in a roundabout way, I told her exactly what I would have said to Sally-Ann Collins, the fact was my dog protected her pup from another out of control dog, I suggested she train her dog and both of them learn how the dogs social structure works. I also pointed out that if my dog was vicious she wouldn't have just chased her ill-behaved animal off. The owner of these greyhounds was doing everything right. He had his dogs under control and on a lead as any responsible owner would do. If I ever saw a new dog on our walks, Chloe would be on her lead, we would introduce them both on the lead and then they would be off the lead and play. She had many friends, but introducing them calmly ensured that any aggression could be kept under control. The only dog out of control in this case was Sally-Ann Collins's I respectfully suggest Sally-Ann that you attend a dog behaviour school and teach your dog not to just run up and create a situation like this. Being passive-aggressive and immediately blaming another responsible owner for your own failings will only ensure that your dog will be further injured in the future.

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  • Localperson55  |  October 17 2012, 11:04AM

    I agree - greyhounds are typically docile dogs and very friendly to humans. However, as sight hounds they are genetically pre-programmed to chase small furry things so a little dog running about off lead near them may have been a temptation too far. I am sorry the small dog was bitten but its owner was in my opinion a little naive to allow her dog to approach any strange dog presuming it would end well. It perhaps should be remembered he dog was the one not on a lead and approached the greyhounds.

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  • mustang186  |  October 17 2012, 9:45AM

    Firstly I am sorry to hear the lady's dog was injured, on reading the article it appears her dog approached the greyhounds to say "hello". I would like to point out that by nature greyhounds are not aggressive, however if any dog approaches not on a lead it could be percieved as a threat.Racing greyhounds are kept together in kennels and do not as a rule have contact with other dogs, when they retire and are re-homed they can find it difficult to socialise. I speak from personal experience having rehomed 2 ex-racers and one of them was bitten by a small dog (unattended)in similar circumstances, personally I would not let any dog approach another off the lead, it's time owners realised dogs are pack animals and do not act like humans. Would you walk up to a complete stranger in the street and get up close and personal and start sniffing them!

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