‘Our dachshund was mauled by vicious dog as we sat on Tube’

The owners of a dachshund viciously attacked by a larger dog on the Tube today called for new laws to hold negligent pet owners “accountable”.

Laurie and Nicki Roberts-Downie had to pay more than £1,000 for veterinary surgery after Milo, two, was bitten by a pet whose owner had removed its muzzle. Secondary school teacher Laurie, 34, said the incident occurred as Milo sat on her lap travelling between Highbury & Islington and Finsbury Park. 

She said: “We didn’t even know another dog was in the carriage — and out of nowhere this big, grey dog jumped across it and bit him… I think it might have been a lurcher.

“It all happened in the space of one station. I stood up with [Milo] in my arms and my other half could see that he was bleeding, she was so upset. I turned to the dog’s owner to say ‘control your dog’ and saw that she had a muzzle in her hands. 

The attack by another dog left a bite wound on Milo’s side (ES Local Feed)

“She had removed a muzzle, knowing full well what it was capable of — after the attack she put the muzzle back on… She said sorry but she wasn’t sincere and made no attempt to provide her details or get off the train. When we got to the vet we saw the dog had bitten right into Milo… he is so small and he got a real fright. We had to keep him overnight in an animal hospital. Now I feel unsafe taking him out on transport alone.” 

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 does not allow for criminal prosecution of dog-on-dog attacks. Ms Roberts-Downie believes the law needs to be reviewed. She said: “There are too many violent dogs out there whose owners are not being responsible enough. What is it going to take until something really serious happens, like a child gets mauled on a Tube train, because of these owners out there?”

She has been in contact with the owner of another dachshund, wire-haired Jeffrey, who was mauled to death in Liverpool by three dogs while their owner allegedly did “nothing”.

Jeffrey’s owner Carol Hartnell, 45, launched a petition calling for “harsher punishment for people who do not properly train and socialise their dogs, yet allow them to be muzzle and lead-free in public”, which has since reached nearly 30,000 signatures online.

She commented on an Instagram post by Ms Roberts-Downie, writing: “We are so sorry to hear this. This is EXACTLY the reason for our campaign! Sending you lots of hugs for a speedy recovery.” Ms Roberts-Downie reported the attack to British Transport Police. It is under investigation and witnesses can text 61016 or call 0800 405040, quoting reference 392 of 01/07/2018.

Source : https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/our-dachshund-was-mauled-by-vicious-dog-as-we-sat-on-tube-a3884376.html