The Crown Prosecution Service agreed to caution the owner of five dogs which attacked a woman and her pet

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Willow the whippet was left with serious injuries Willow the whippet was left with serious injuries

The owner of a pack of dogs which attacked a woman and her pet was given a caution because he “risked injury to himself” by trying to restrain his pets during the incident, it has been revealed.

In a letter to MP Eleanor Laing, seen by the Guardian, Chief Inspector Tracey Harman explained the decision taken by the Crown Prosecution Service following the attack in Gunpowder Park on October 1.

Laura Curd, 44, and her dog Willow were left traumatised after being set upon by five Staffordshire Bull Terriers which were being walked without collars or leads.

This month, the police told Mrs Curd, from Sewardstone, that the owner of the dogs had been given a police caution and that the matter would not go to court.

In the letter Chief Insp Harman wrote: “The owner of the dog is to receive a caution and will compensate your constituent who has had to pay an insurance excess.

“This was felt proportionate by the CPS who agreed the owner tried to intervene risking injury to him(self), reported the matter to police him(self) and has offered to pay the excess.”

There is no mention in the letter of restrictions placed on the animals.

Mrs Curd was bitten by one of the animals and her dog underwent a long operation, costing £3000.

David Curd and his wife Laura say that they are “appalled” by the decision and disappointed  in the police. who they say did not contact them for weeks or “seem interested” in their ordeal.
 

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8:02am Tue 31 Dec 13

TTMAN says...

Gets it off the books though.
Gets it off the books though. TTMAN

8:09am Wed 1 Jan 14

icareE17 says...

What kind of a moron lets 5 pit bull types off lead loose in a public place? I am sorry, but he/she deserves a hell of a lot more than a caution. I sincerely hope Mrs Curd will sue big time so that justice can be done. A few simple changes to the existing laws- whether it be Breed Specific Legislation or mandatory leash laws for all dogs in public places- will prevent the deed, before it happens. Prevention, prevention, prevention!
What kind of a moron lets 5 pit bull types off lead loose in a public place? I am sorry, but he/she deserves a hell of a lot more than a caution. I sincerely hope Mrs Curd will sue big time so that justice can be done. A few simple changes to the existing laws- whether it be Breed Specific Legislation or mandatory leash laws for all dogs in public places- will prevent the deed, before it happens. Prevention, prevention, prevention! icareE17

9:35am Wed 1 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

icareE17 wrote:
What kind of a moron lets 5 pit bull types off lead loose in a public place? I am sorry, but he/she deserves a hell of a lot more than a caution. I sincerely hope Mrs Curd will sue big time so that justice can be done. A few simple changes to the existing laws- whether it be Breed Specific Legislation or mandatory leash laws for all dogs in public places- will prevent the deed, before it happens. Prevention, prevention, prevention!
Quite right!

icareE17 speaks the voice of reason.

The fact that the owner had risked personal injury by intervening should have been the substance of mitigation during his sentencing - not used as a reason for not taking the matter to court in the first instance.

How pathetic the CPS is!
[quote][p][bold]icareE17[/bold] wrote: What kind of a moron lets 5 pit bull types off lead loose in a public place? I am sorry, but he/she deserves a hell of a lot more than a caution. I sincerely hope Mrs Curd will sue big time so that justice can be done. A few simple changes to the existing laws- whether it be Breed Specific Legislation or mandatory leash laws for all dogs in public places- will prevent the deed, before it happens. Prevention, prevention, prevention![/p][/quote]Quite right! icareE17 speaks the voice of reason. The fact that the owner had risked personal injury by intervening should have been the substance of mitigation during his sentencing - not used as a reason for not taking the matter to court in the first instance. How pathetic the CPS is! OMPITA [Intl]

4:13pm Wed 1 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

At the very least the owner should be made to pay the injured dog's Vet's bills.
At the very least the owner should be made to pay the injured dog's Vet's bills. myopinioncounts

10:50pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Havering says...

icareE17 wrote:
What kind of a moron lets 5 pit bull types off lead loose in a public place? I am sorry, but he/she deserves a hell of a lot more than a caution. I sincerely hope Mrs Curd will sue big time so that justice can be done. A few simple changes to the existing laws- whether it be Breed Specific Legislation or mandatory leash laws for all dogs in public places- will prevent the deed, before it happens. Prevention, prevention, prevention!
There should not be mandatory leash laws for all dogs in public places. This would spoil a lot of enjoyment for responsible owners and their well trained animals.

Legislation again only affects those who are responsible owners
Not sure what the answer is though and as I have a new puppy I have no wish to meet these sorts of people and their packs of dogs running loose
[quote][p][bold]icareE17[/bold] wrote: What kind of a moron lets 5 pit bull types off lead loose in a public place? I am sorry, but he/she deserves a hell of a lot more than a caution. I sincerely hope Mrs Curd will sue big time so that justice can be done. A few simple changes to the existing laws- whether it be Breed Specific Legislation or mandatory leash laws for all dogs in public places- will prevent the deed, before it happens. Prevention, prevention, prevention![/p][/quote]There should not be mandatory leash laws for all dogs in public places. This would spoil a lot of enjoyment for responsible owners and their well trained animals. Legislation again only affects those who are responsible owners Not sure what the answer is though and as I have a new puppy I have no wish to meet these sorts of people and their packs of dogs running loose Havering

12:23am Thu 2 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Havering says....

"There should not be mandatory leash laws for all dogs in public places. This would spoil a lot of enjoyment for responsible owners and their well trained animals".

I have had some wonderful, faithful, well behaved, obedient and lovable dogs, but take it from someone who has experienced it they are only ever well trained up to the point that they are faced with some previously un-encountered situation. Believe me, if they so choose it, they can become instantly deaf to any commands to you care to give.

The one that really sticks out in my mind is the occasion that my mutt suddenly and inexplicably decided to jump into someone's garden as we were passing by and snatch a real live chicken.

My God, that was so embarrassing! How I wished it had been on a lead!
Havering says.... "There should not be mandatory leash laws for all dogs in public places. This would spoil a lot of enjoyment for responsible owners and their well trained animals". I have had some wonderful, faithful, well behaved, obedient and lovable dogs, but take it from someone who has experienced it they are only ever well trained up to the point that they are faced with some previously un-encountered situation. Believe me, if they so choose it, they can become instantly deaf to any commands to you care to give. The one that really sticks out in my mind is the occasion that my mutt suddenly and inexplicably decided to jump into someone's garden as we were passing by and snatch a real live chicken. My God, that was so embarrassing! How I wished it had been on a lead! OMPITA [Intl]

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