In regards to the letter from Heather Calder (News Guardian, March 5), about a month ago I saw a similar incident on the links where a young man was brought to his knees by a dog running into him.
The owner stood and watched, called the animal to her then walked away without providing an apology or asking after the victim’s welfare.
Every time I have been attacked or bitten or been knocked off my bike by a dog, the owner has been nearby. I have never been offered an apology.
If the owner says anything the typical comment is ‘he is only playing’ or ‘he’s just being friendly’.
Legislation passed last year (Dangerous Dog Act Amendments 2014) allows for a fine of up to £20,000 or up to six months imprisonment if your dog injures someone or makes someone worried that it may injure them. If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to five years and your dog may be destroyed.
But dog attacks still seem to be taken as trivial matters by some owners and irresponsible behaviour after a dog related incident seems to be the norm.
Sadly, the reaction of the owner of Heather Calder’s canine assailant is only too prevalent and is likely to remain so until more public education brings about attitude change.