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Chrissy Varey-Brown
Chrissy Varey-Brown

Something is not right.......When you click to The Sun's page the date on The Sun logo is today's, 15th December, 2012, but, when you go down to the article it states that it was last updated on 12th January, 2011. Now, I know The Sun is not a shining light in journalistic brilliance, but I have not heard any reports that they have gone totally bonkers yet. By the Way, for those of you from the USA, this took place in Cricklewood, London, England. It is illegal to keep a Pit Bull in the...

Something is not right.......When you click to The Sun's page the date on The Sun logo is today's, 15th December, 2012, but, when you go down to the article it states that it was last updated on 12th January, 2011. Now, I know The Sun is not a shining light in journalistic brilliance, but I have not heard any reports that they have gone totally bonkers yet. By the Way, for those of you from the USA, this took place in Cricklewood, London, England. It is illegal to keep a Pit Bull in the United Kiingdom, except under licence. If the owner was ever traced, and there are no updates at all on this story, he would have been heavily fined and the dog would have been destroyed, there are no ifs, ands, or buts in this country, that is how it is done. If you are a responsible and loving owner of a Pit Bull, then you apply for your licence to keep this breed and are monitored to ensure that you do act responsibly.

John Zolis
John Zolis
  • Chrissy Varey-Brown

if you watch the video of the actual attack the video is dated 2009 the article was last updated jan 2011

Chrissy Varey-Brown
Chrissy Varey-Brown
  • Chrissy Varey-Brown

Yes, have just researched it, but I can not find any report of an outcome, only that the Guide Dog recovered, which is good, but not if the man was caught and prosecuted, which would have been good too. Sadly the 'Pit Bull' would have been destroyed, once again another dog suffering the ultimate because of bad ownership. No, I have no wish to watch the video tho' I would have come across the date sooner had I done so. Sadly the issue, because of the ill-advised way this 'Cause' was...

Yes, have just researched it, but I can not find any report of an outcome, only that the Guide Dog recovered, which is good, but not if the man was caught and prosecuted, which would have been good too. Sadly the 'Pit Bull' would have been destroyed, once again another dog suffering the ultimate because of bad ownership. No, I have no wish to watch the video tho' I would have come across the date sooner had I done so. Sadly the issue, because of the ill-advised way this 'Cause' was presented, has become one of the responsible ownership of Pit Bulls and the real issue of keeping ANY dog away from working Guiide Dogs has been side-lined, even by me I note.

Chrissy Varey-Brown
Chrissy Varey-Brown
  • Chrissy Varey-Brown

Then the laws. world-wide not just in the UK, have to be strictly adhered to. Dogs off lead in publc places, (but not places of exercise i.e..parks, beaches etc.) can no longer be tolerated. Dogs that have a temperment which could lead them to be aggressive toward other dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, in all places. No breed specified, this applies to ALL breeds regardless. Not just for the safety of Guide Dogs but for the public in general, examples: There are a couple of gun...

Then the laws. world-wide not just in the UK, have to be strictly adhered to. Dogs off lead in publc places, (but not places of exercise i.e..parks, beaches etc.) can no longer be tolerated. Dogs that have a temperment which could lead them to be aggressive toward other dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, in all places. No breed specified, this applies to ALL breeds regardless. Not just for the safety of Guide Dogs but for the public in general, examples: There are a couple of gun dogs that are allowed off lead going through our town, they are affable dogs with absolutely no ill intent about them at all, however, they are very bouncy and friendly and knocked a pensioner clean off her feet causing her arm to be broken. There is a small dog that waddles obediently after his owner but one day he chased a neighbours rather large, bad tempered tom cat - the dog had to have several stitches and was lucky not to lose an eye, had the cat been of a nervous type and did a runner, then both animals could have ended up in the road and caused a traffic accident. There is no such thing as a 100% dependable animal, or human come to that.

Bonnie J Block-Lee
Bonnie J Block-Lee

Once again it's the owner who didn't have his dog leashed...........I don't blame the dog just the owner. Find him and put him in jail with hefty fine..........take the dog and find it another home. It's not the dog's fault. I'm afraid the dog, if found, will be the one to suffer the consequences.

John Zolis
John Zolis
  • Bonnie J Block-Lee

it is the guardian who bring shame to the breed. I am all for stiffer penalties for irresponsible guardianship…I have two staffordshire terriers and I am extra vigilant .. thank you for the fact that you recognize that its the dog that will suffer for the irresponsible action of the person… I wish more people would see your view point of this situation...

John Zolis
John Zolis

I was in a public area just the other day where a man was with his guide dog. I just adopted a 5 year old staffordshire … unfamiliar with my dogs history and knowing the nature of guide dogs I went another way not to have the possible issue …I am a responsible guardian to my breed….

Talya K. E. Frey
Talya K. E. Frey
  • John Zolis

Thanks for posting John, I did not know to stay away from working dogs...... I would hate to have something happen!!!!!!

John Zolis
John Zolis

why is it at first a "vicious cross-breed dog" then later in the article its a pit bull? Second why is the man stop in the alleyway wait with not having his dog on leash? third, this is a situation in 2009 why is it even in the news now other than to promote more stereotypical breed discrimination, last but not least several dogs in the world have dog on dog aggression if your dog is that type then it is your responsibility to keep them in control blame the other end of the lead or in this...

why is it at first a "vicious cross-breed dog" then later in the article its a pit bull? Second why is the man stop in the alleyway wait with not having his dog on leash? third, this is a situation in 2009 why is it even in the news now other than to promote more stereotypical breed discrimination, last but not least several dogs in the world have dog on dog aggression if your dog is that type then it is your responsibility to keep them in control blame the other end of the lead or in this case the man who put the lead on the floor while he was using the phone or having a cigarette or what ever his irresponsible behaviour was ….

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson

I have had 2 of my Guidedogs attacked in a row by the same dog owned by a junkie who's living on the street, who gets extra benefit for the dog! This has to stop!
Also the Police attitude towards it was rubbish, they classed it as a dog on dog attack! What has to happen before a child is bitten, or a Guidedog is killed! Please please we need to do more......

Lisa Louise Mcdermott
Lisa Louise Mcdermott
  • Paul Johnson

well said paul!!!! its totally wrong......

Abbie Sunderland
Abbie Sunderland

John Zollis..... guide dogs do not have reduced lifespans comparative to their household pet counterparts. In fact, because they receive great vet care and nutrition, they tend to live long and happy lives until after retirement. Additionally, due to guide dogs careful breeding programmes, they are less likely to suffer from genetically conferred issues that commonly arise in pedigree or inbred dogs of the same species. If a guide dog were so stressed by it's work that it's life were...

John Zollis..... guide dogs do not have reduced lifespans comparative to their household pet counterparts. In fact, because they receive great vet care and nutrition, they tend to live long and happy lives until after retirement. Additionally, due to guide dogs careful breeding programmes, they are less likely to suffer from genetically conferred issues that commonly arise in pedigree or inbred dogs of the same species. If a guide dog were so stressed by it's work that it's life were shortened, then the use of animals for such working purposes would be in breach of the animal rights act. Guide dogs receive the best care throughout and after their working careers. Just thought I would clear that up. Everything else I agree with :) Pits and terriers are naturally more aggressive due to their breeding history and their original working purposes, but it is important to point out that even conventionally docile dogs such as labradors have the capacity to be highly dangerous. There is a reason they are used as police dogs, as well as guide dogs. I think what people forget is that dogs, no matter how well domesticated and trained, are at the end of the day animals, with instincts to hunt, survive and protect. No dog could be classed as "non-dangereous" (unless you count a yorkshire terrier with no teeth ;) ).

Barbara Gruner
Barbara Gruner

The irresponsible owner of the other dog should fined.

Wendye Kolles
Wendye Kolles

God bless ALL animals! xo xo xo xo xo xo.

Emma Maher Goodwin
Emma Maher Goodwin

Exactly, that shows its the owners fault. If the pitbul was on a leash and monitored or controlled by his owner then this may not have happened!

Glenda Harper
Glenda Harper
  • Emma Maher Goodwin

grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Chrissy Varey-Brown
Chrissy Varey-Brown

OK, it took awhile because it is not made very clear in this post, but the reason for this is to ask that people keep their dogs on leads when they encounter a Guide Dog at it's work; and with that request I heartily concur.

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