It's in the public interest for this dangerous dog to be removed from its current premises

It's in the public interest for this dangerous dog to be removed from its current premises

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Following yet another attack on 26th April 2022 by the Akita, it is now a matter of public interest that this dog be removed from these premises which are in close proximity to a junior school. 

While walking past the house on Edge End Road in Broadstairs, Kent, with her two dogs,  Pauline noticed an elderly, frail-looking man on his front drive. His front door was open. Both of Pauline's spaniels, 2yr old Covie and 13wk old Toffee, pulled towards the man to greet him as the drive is very short. Pauline's pace had slowed, and she glanced up as she passed to see the Akita running at speed down the hallway towards her dogs. 

The Akita was tethered inside the house by what Pauline believes to be a lead, possibly leather, which snapped loudly as the Akita reached and jumped through the open door. 

The Akita then scooped 13wk old Toffee up in his jaws - at this point, only Toffee's paws could be seen - and shook him around 10 times. Pauline's other dog was trying to attack the Akita, and she pulled him back for fear of him also being attacked, while trying to make the Akita release the puppy. 

The Akita then dropped Toffee, who was fitting, bit Pauline, and turned to run to a second dog. 

At this point, Pauline picked Toffee up and ran to Briar House vets. She later heard that the owner of the second dog tried to cross the road to remove her dog from the sight of the Akita. She was between two cars when it caught them up, and attacked her dog. Thankfully, this dog was just badly bruised. 

Toffee is currently fighting for his life in a specialist ICU in Cambridge. The internal bleeding has stopped, but his back legs are still currently paralysed, his right lung has collapsed and is leaking air into his chest cavity, and he has fractured ribs, two fractures in his spine, and two broken toes. He is being kept under heavy sedation as any sound of another dog causes him to scream in fear. 

If Toffee survives this ordeal, he will need to undergo extensive rehabilitation, both physically and mentally, and will likely need years to recover completely - assuming that a full recovery is even possible. 

Toffee's vet bills currently stand at around £6,500 and are expected to increase further. Pauline and her family, and the witnesses to the attack, are traumatised. 

In addition to children witnessing this attack, now that Pauline has been bitten, she fears for the safety of the children who must pass the house every day to go to school across the road. 

This dog has attacked multiple times before, and the police have been involved and taken no action. Pauline has been given a crime reference number after she and two others reported the incident, but has currently heard nothing from them, and the Akita has since been seen still at the property. 

Pauline believes that it is in the public interest for this Akita to be removed from these premises to somewhere it can be kept from attacking again. 

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