Calls on the police and the mayor to do more against the “terror of Pitbull”
The owners of three ‘killer Pitbull-type’ dogs allegedly responsible for the death of a beloved pet Jack Russell and a series of other attacks in south London have yet to be arrested.
Two of the dogs are said to have mutilated the animal to death in Norwood Park in front of horrified onlookers, also injuring one of its owners.
The terrier’s family reported the attack to police after they were terrified of the level of violence displayed by the dogs who they said were unleashed and unleashed dogs.
They also told police that they were verbally assaulted and threatened by one of the owners of the “dangerous dogs” during the incident on the evening of June 7.
More than two weeks later and despite a high-profile campaign to catch those responsible, the alleged owners and their animals are still at large.
A petition, set up by the victims, entitled “Stop the killer dogs of Crystal Palace” has now received more than 4,600 signatures.
Along with a photograph of the alleged perpetrators provided to police, residents of Crystal Palace and Gipsy Hill neighborhoods said they also passed their names and addresses to the police, as the animals are well known in the area and linked to other domestic animal attacks in the neighborhoods of Gipsy Hill, Crystal Palace and Sydenham.
On Wednesday June 23, a Met spokesperson confirmed that there had been no arrests or seized dogs but that investigations were “ongoing”.
Ulrick McKnight and his partner Sonia Faleiro had a picnic on the evening of the shocking attack with their young daughter and pet terrier Zoey.
Writing on the neighborhood social networking website NextDoor, Ulrick recalls, “We realized the dogs were approaching us, at least 50 feet from their owners, and I went to look for Zoey.
“The bigger dog grabbed her by the head, locking her jaw.
“The owners didn’t do anything.
“I ended up literally fighting the dog trying to free Zoey, then the second attacked us too.
“I was lying on the floor with my arms around the neck of the first dog in a headache at this point.
“I later found out from my four year old daughter that the third dog was somewhere near her while my wife was yelling at the owners to get their dogs.”
Zoey was rushed to emergency vets in Paxton Green, near Gipsy Hill, but sadly died of her injuries.
At the time of the attack, she was fifteen and blind. Ulrick was also injured while trying to save her life.
The family petition calls for tougher action from the London Police and Mayor, believing that if the animals are not seized and action is taken against their owners, it won’t be long before someone – maybe a child – either seriously injured or even killed.
In another incident reported during the Bank Holiday Saturday in late May, a ten-year-old lurcher with epilepsy was attacked while on a leash at Crystal Palace Park by a “personal type” dog. He survived but one of his owners was bitten in the face.
This week, a woman who requested anonymity contacted the New reporting that she was attacked by three dogs in Walworth, who also pounced on another passerby after leaving a nearby apartment building.
She is now too afraid to leave her home after being left in a “never ending wait” on the phone to try to speak to the police.
Although she has reported the incident on several occasions, she says she has yet to receive a response from officers.
“The whole thing lasted about ten minutes. I was shaking and crying, ”she said.
“I had scratches on my bleeding legs and my clothes were torn.
“The owner had no control over them and couldn’t stop them. They were allowed to go out without a collar, muzzle or leash.
“I tried to contact the police, but their update line is an endless wait.
“I sent an email, but all I got was another crime number.
“We still don’t know if the dogs are still there. I’m afraid to go out in case this happens again and I don’t know what to do.
“They could kill a child easily. I’m so scared and worried.
Police confirmed they had been called to the scene and a 46-year-old man was hospitalized with a bite on his leg who was later released. No trace of dogs or their owners has been found despite a “thorough search” and CCTV has not identified any suspects either. Anyone with information should call 101..
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