Stop the Killer Dogs of Crystal Palace

Stop the Killer Dogs of Crystal Palace

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Sonia Faleiro started this petition to Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London) and
  • On the evening of June 7, three dogs attacked my family as we were picnicking in Norwood Park, SE19. The dogs had the appearance of Pitbull Terriers. They were off lead, not muzzled and more than 50 feet from their owners.
  • As the owners watched, one of the dogs mauled my jack russell terrier, Zoey. My husband fought off all three dogs for several minutes, saving Zoey's life. The owners fled the scene with their dogs, only turning to blame us for sitting in the park and then to threaten us.
  • Within a matter of hours, our beloved dog, who has been a member of our family for more than 15 years, was dead. My husband sustained injuries, I have been treated for trauma, and our 4-year-old, who watched the scene unfold and had to run from the third dog, is in shock.
  • We captured photos of the perpetrators and have been told that at least one of the dogs is a banned breed - a Red Nosed Pit Bull. They are aggressive, muscular, weigh somewhere near 60 lbs, and attacked as a pack. They acted like a pack of hunters. 
  • These irresponsible dog owners are bringing weapons  into our public spaces with complete disregard for the consequences. The dogs themselves are not the problem: the owners dangerous lack of control, disregard for the safety of other dogs and children, lack of responsibility, and threats of violence is the issue. These are bad dog owners who have created bad dogs. As long as these people have these dogs in our midst we are all in danger.
  • The events of June 7 have affected my family personally, but they have also hurt our community. From the reaction of the dog owners - physically threatening us, blaming us, refusing to give their names, refusing to render any assistance,  and fleeing the scene once they knew police were on the way we doubt that this is the first time they have done this. The owners and dogs have since been seen by concerned members of the community with their dogs in several different local parks - off-lead and unmuzzled. As long as they are about, none of us can walk the parks entirely free of fear. This time it was our beloved Zoey, but this pack could easily kill a human - man, woman, or child - next.
  • The local police have been responsive and are doing their best to find these people, as is the local community.
  • Please sign our family's petition showing community support for the police, local council, and other authorities to treat this matter with the utmost seriousness.
    • We would like them to find the owners of these dogs.
    • The dogs should be removed from their care.
    • If the dogs are in fact an illegal breed the source should be determined.
    • Any previous incidents should be investigated.
    • The owners should face the full penalty under law including being banned from owning dogs in the future. 
  • Thank you.
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