Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 18°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

West Suffolk: Call to educate dog owners to stop serious attacks

13:25 05 February 2014

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds

Archant

Experts have said many of the county’s dog owners require more education to prevent serious attacks and injury.

The call comes as new figures reveal that nine people – including a two-year-old – were taken to West Suffolk Hospital’s emergency unit after being mauled by a dog in the last 12 months.

One 41-year-old was left with a fractured nose after a dog attack, while patients up to the age of 91 needed treatment for broken bones, torn skin and damage to ligaments.

Dog behaviourist, Joe Barnes, said it was important not to blame the animals for the incidents and said more education was needed to prevent further injuries rather than additional legislation to restrict particular breeds.

“The first thing to say is that it’s not the dogs’ fault,” he said. “We’ve got the Dangerous dog Act that picks out certain breeds and they thought they had cured the problem, which is absolutely ridiculous, because any dog can bite.”

He added: “You will find that a lot of people haven’t got any idea of how to treat a dog. They treat it like a human. But if you treat your dog as a human, it will treat you as a dog.”

Mr Barnes, whose Joe the Dog Man business is based in Braintree, but has worked all over west Suffolk, said most problems usually arise from approaching a dog at the wrong time, or forgetting that it is a pack animal.

He added: “The other thing is that people they baby their dog. They let the dog walk all over them and the dog becomes the leader and basically the leader does what it wants. A lot of people cuddle dogs. Not all dogs, but probably 75% of dogs, if you cuddle them they see it as a threat. That could set a dog off – it’s simple things like that, people just don’t realise.”

According to the data, which was released from West Suffolk Hospital, the two-year-old, who was injured in January last year, did not require a medical procedure.

0 comments

Stock image of a fire engine.

Firefighters are currently at the scene of a combine harvester fire in Hoxne.

Suffolk Police PCSOs (stock picture)

Two new PCSOs will be patrolling the streets of Bury St Edmunds from next January in a new step for local policing.

The scene as emergency services mounted a rescue at Sea Palling. Photo: Contributed.

A man in his 50s has died and another in his 20s was resuscitated after they got into difficulty in the water at Sea Palling.

Eastbound A14 traffic near the Copdock junction. Image: Keith Mindham

Drivers are currently experiencing long delays after a car crashed into the central reservation on the A14 eastbound at Nacton this evening.

Andy Beckwith

A former Essex man who went missing in Gibraltar has been found “in good health”, police have said.

A motorist involved in a crash on the A14 in which a teenager died will live with the “huge remorse” for the rest of his life, a court has heard.

MP Dan Poluter and Christopher Hudson at Framlinghams  Radio Castle in 2012.

A community radio station has celebrated overcoming its “biggest hurdle” after being awarded an FM licence and broadcasting frequency.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24