Running round the park this morning I was attacked by a mad dog. The owner did nothing apart from call the dog to come to her which it completely ignored. When it had reared up on me for the third or fourth time I told the dog owner to go up to her dog and put the lead on. But she did nothing apart from calling it again - to no effect whatsover. Why are some dog owners so reluctant to control their dogs after it has attacked a member of the public?
The owner of this barking animal made no attempt to approach her dog and put the lead on. I told her this was out of order and she needed to control her dog. But this all fell on deaf ears. Now admittedly this does not happen very often - but it does happen now and then - especially to runners.
Isn't it high time prominent and permanent signs were put up all over the park which reminded dog owners to take responsibility for their dog and to ensure that if their dogs poo on the grass the mess is removed or face a financial penalty. Dog poo, of course, is another daily hazard for runners and kids all over the park. There's not a day when I dont see some fresh deposits on the grass left by some irresponsible dog owner.
BCC has in the past said it would do this - ie put up signs aimed at dog owners - but they have never kept their promise. This issue has been overlooked and forgotten for too long. How about some action here.
I hope you are alright Martin I hope you will report this to the Police if you can identify the miscreant.............
Happy New Year,
I didnt suffer any injury at all - just felt a bit intimidated and it makes you a bit wary of running round the park, but I was back again doing my 3 circuits this morning in the glorious weather.
3 circuits!!!!!...............You are superfit !! No wonder you have so much energy for FOSAP !!
Can I suggest that you contact Miles Harris of BCC Parks Dept, Martin, to ask about the installation of prominent and permanent signs. It's a very good idea and I feel sure that he would be helpful, especially if mention was made of our Green Flag status. Signs would also help people like you when complaining to an offending dog owner. Good luck!