Call for a designated Small Dog Area in Beddington Park

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Jayne McCoy
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Problem
We note the increasing incidence of large dogs attacking small dogs in our parks and open spaces. These attacks cause serious injury and often death.

Solution
We call upon the Chair and councillors of the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee to provide a designated Small Dog Area in Beddington Park where small dog owners can feel able to let their small dogs run off the leash with a reduced risk of them being attacked by larger dogs.

Personal story 

In an unprovoked attack by a large dog, Brody a 5 year old black and white Jackapoo was clamped in the dog’s jaws, thrown in the air and shaken like a rag doll on May 23rd in Beddington Park. Brody was near death and was immediately taken to the vets, both dog and owner drenched in blood. Brody had to be euthanized by the vet. The owner remains traumatised at seeing his pet torn apart in front of him.

Research by Brody’s owners discovered that there is an increasing incidence of large dogs attacking small dogs across the UK, with vets confirming an increase in dogs presenting with serious injuries from attacks by other dogs.

The owners are campaigning with MPs to change legislation to recognise dog on dog attacks as a criminal offence, but want local action to help prevent such attacks happening in the first place.  A designated small dog area in a local park, where owners can feel safer letting their small dogs off the leash, would help prevent future violent attacks by larger dogs.