Another beloved pet killed? Woman to face court on dangerous dogs charge

Dangerous dogs
Dangerous dogs

A Hemel Hempstead woman is due to face court charged with allowing her dogs to be dangerously out of control in public.

The 39 year old was interviewed under police caution after it was reported her two bull terriers attacked and killed a pet cat in the town’s White Hart Drive on Monday.

It was also alleged the dogs, which were allowed to run loose in the Adeyfield street, bit one of the cat’s owners, causing bruising to their leg.

A witness, who did not wish to be named, said: “If it had been a child instead of a cat, the child would have been killed. These dogs are dangerous and can at any time in the future attack a child or an adult causing serious injury.”

The incident follows the fatal mauling of a Yorkshire terrier by a bull mastiff-type dog at Northchurch Common earlier this month, though the owner of the attacking animal escaped court.

Little Fergus’ owner Debbie at the time warned other pet owners about the dangers of aggressive dogs.

She said: “Please do not always assume a dog off-lead to be friendly. If the dog had been muzzled this tragedy would not have happened.”

A 56-year-old woman from Tring was given a police caution for allowing her dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.

Tougher dog laws came into effect this month, though the changes only affect the owners of animals which kill or injure humans or assistance dogs, such as guide dogs for the blind.

Click here for the RSPCA’s advice on dealing with situations involving potentially dangerous dogs.