Lovable Labrador savaged in park
PUBLISHED: 17:17 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 11 August 2010
A WOMAN is calling for tougher rules on dog attacks after her Labrador was savaged by another dog. Jackie Conway and her mother were taking Brooklyn for a walk through Barking Park when a large Akita ran up to their dog and viciously mauled her. The atta
A WOMAN is calling for tougher rules on dog attacks after her Labrador was savaged by another dog.
Jackie Conway and her mother were taking Brooklyn for a walk through Barking Park when a large Akita ran up to their dog and viciously mauled her.
The attack left Brooklyn with several puncture wounds to her back and a gaping wound on her neck.
Ms Conway, 37, from Seven Kings, rushed her pet to an animal hospital where vets managed to save her life.
Ms Conway says the Akita had escaped from a garden next to the park. She claims the property's fencing is not secure, which means the dog can roam unsupervised around the park.
"I have spoken to the dog's owner and she admitted that her dog does not like other animals.
"She also told me that it is a rescue dog and had been trained to be a security dog" Ms Conway said.
"A person who witnessed the attack on Brooklyn told me the akita had attacked before.
"He said it mauled both the dog and the dog's owner that time."
Ms Conway has informed the police of both incidents, but as they have no record of the earlier attack, all they can do is give the owner a warning.
She now hopes the council will step in: "The Akita's owner is a council tenant so I have asked the council to fix the fence and take some kind of action against the owner."
Ms Conway says she feels the authorities are not taking dog-on-dog attacks seriously, and tougher action needs to be taken.
She said Brooklyn was recovering well, but the mauling has left her and her family shaken.
"It will be sometime before I forget the screams of our dog being ravaged and dragged along the ground by this vicious Akita.
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