Lancashire TelegraphTrees in Burnley savaged by 'pitbulls' as part of fighting training (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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Trees in Burnley savaged by 'pitbulls' as part of fighting training

Lancashire Telegraph: One of the damaged trees One of the damaged trees

DOZENS of trees have been savaged by pitbull-type dogs in ‘training’ for illegal fights.

Today, council bosses warned owners they face hefty fines if they are caught damaging the likes of silver birches and oaks in Burnley’s historic Towneley Park and cemetery.

And there are concerns that the practice, which leaves trees stripped of lumps of bark, could kill them and change the landscape in some of Burnley’s most popular venues.

Police have confirmed they have received reports of dogs being urged to attack trees and have asked witnesses to come forward.

Trees have been decimated just yards from the main gates to Unity College, along Towneley Holmes Road.

The Friends of Towneley Park have highlighted the issue in their latest newsletter after being warned by rangers that “pitbull type dogs were being trained to attack trees up and down the road”.

Simon Goff, the borough council’s head of green spaces said: “This is an issue that’s happening all over the country, not just in Burnley.

“People are setting their dogs on to the trunks of the trees which damages the bark and ultimately can kill the tree.

“It’s criminal damage and costs taxpayers if we have to replace damaged trees, and even more worrying is that the dog owners are training their animals to fight.

“It’s unacceptable and our rangers have been instructed to keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour.”

Mr Goff confirmed there had been similar incidents reported in the grounds of Burnley Cemetery and Bank Hall Park.

Damaging trees had previously been considered a ‘big city’ problem, with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol previously reporting serious problems.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said there had been at least two reports of dogs being set on trees in Towneley Park recently.

He said: “We would urge anyone who has witnessed these kinds of incidents to come forward and contact Burnley Police.”

RSPCA officers say dog-fighting is an ongoing issue across the north west but they have had no specific complaints in the Burnley area recently.

Council officials say they will compile evidence of trees being attacked, and pass the information on to police.

Posters have been erected at all three locations, urging park and cemetery users to report any sightings of such damage.

Witnesses can call rangers on 01282 831053.

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10:48am Fri 8 Mar 13

buckoff says...

That's them Dingle dogs they want putting down the lot of them. No purpose at all. This is what happens with inbreeds deranged the lot of them.
That's them Dingle dogs they want putting down the lot of them. No purpose at all. This is what happens with inbreeds deranged the lot of them. buckoff
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Fri 8 Mar 13

DaveBurnley says...

buckoff wrote:
That's them Dingle dogs they want putting down the lot of them. No purpose at all. This is what happens with inbreeds deranged the lot of them.
Do you get excited by saying the word 'Dingle'? You must live a very sad and deprived life.
[quote][p][bold]buckoff[/bold] wrote: That's them Dingle dogs they want putting down the lot of them. No purpose at all. This is what happens with inbreeds deranged the lot of them.[/p][/quote]Do you get excited by saying the word 'Dingle'? You must live a very sad and deprived life. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 4

1:44pm Fri 8 Mar 13

useyourhead says...

I had a staffie that used to delight in grabbing an overhanging branch for a 'dangle', she never received any encouragement from me, they don't fetch sticks, they prefer the whole branch. think it's a breed trait.
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It never caused that sort of damage though, looks like its been hit by a car.
I had a staffie that used to delight in grabbing an overhanging branch for a 'dangle', she never received any encouragement from me, they don't fetch sticks, they prefer the whole branch. think it's a breed trait. - It never caused that sort of damage though, looks like its been hit by a car. useyourhead
  • Score: 0

4:53pm Fri 8 Mar 13

BURNLEYITE39 says...

useyourhead wrote:
I had a staffie that used to delight in grabbing an overhanging branch for a 'dangle', she never received any encouragement from me, they don't fetch sticks, they prefer the whole branch. think it's a breed trait.
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It never caused that sort of damage though, looks like its been hit by a car.
I AGREE WIV YA AND
I DONT THIN IV KNOWN ANY STAFF THAT DOESN`T likme to do this and this dog was around 4 kids/babies n WASNT used for fighting in any shape or form,so stop reportin crap stories LET ur terrible for it
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: I had a staffie that used to delight in grabbing an overhanging branch for a 'dangle', she never received any encouragement from me, they don't fetch sticks, they prefer the whole branch. think it's a breed trait. - It never caused that sort of damage though, looks like its been hit by a car.[/p][/quote]I AGREE WIV YA AND I DONT THIN IV KNOWN ANY STAFF THAT DOESN`T likme to do this and this dog was around 4 kids/babies n WASNT used for fighting in any shape or form,so stop reportin crap stories LET ur terrible for it BURNLEYITE39
  • Score: 1

5:32pm Fri 8 Mar 13

ghost of sceptic says...

Brain dead SCROTES and i dont mean the dogs.
Brain dead SCROTES and i dont mean the dogs. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 1

5:39pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Sshorrock says...

Is this story for real? I think it's horrendous to use such a headline, yet again portraying the bull breed in a bad light. How can you possibly know that this is being done by just 'Pitbulls'. Should you not be publicly condemning the irresponsible owners and not the pitbull breed. It's an absolute joke that you can get away with such a headline. No wonder people are scared of the breed because story's like this encourage fear of a breed that doesn't deserve such a bad reputation. There is no such thing as a bad breed, just bad owners and I think this story is outrageous!
Is this story for real? I think it's horrendous to use such a headline, yet again portraying the bull breed in a bad light. How can you possibly know that this is being done by just 'Pitbulls'. Should you not be publicly condemning the irresponsible owners and not the pitbull breed. It's an absolute joke that you can get away with such a headline. No wonder people are scared of the breed because story's like this encourage fear of a breed that doesn't deserve such a bad reputation. There is no such thing as a bad breed, just bad owners and I think this story is outrageous! Sshorrock
  • Score: 5

8:18pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Stone Island: says...

BURNLEYITE39 wrote:
useyourhead wrote:
I had a staffie that used to delight in grabbing an overhanging branch for a 'dangle', she never received any encouragement from me, they don't fetch sticks, they prefer the whole branch. think it's a breed trait.
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It never caused that sort of damage though, looks like its been hit by a car.
I AGREE WIV YA AND
I DONT THIN IV KNOWN ANY STAFF THAT DOESN`T likme to do this and this dog was around 4 kids/babies n WASNT used for fighting in any shape or form,so stop reportin crap stories LET ur terrible for it
Dipstick.
[quote][p][bold]BURNLEYITE39[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: I had a staffie that used to delight in grabbing an overhanging branch for a 'dangle', she never received any encouragement from me, they don't fetch sticks, they prefer the whole branch. think it's a breed trait. - It never caused that sort of damage though, looks like its been hit by a car.[/p][/quote]I AGREE WIV YA AND I DONT THIN IV KNOWN ANY STAFF THAT DOESN`T likme to do this and this dog was around 4 kids/babies n WASNT used for fighting in any shape or form,so stop reportin crap stories LET ur terrible for it[/p][/quote]Dipstick. Stone Island:
  • Score: 1

10:01pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Sybill says...

"Trees savaged by Pit Bulls" why is the onus on the dogs here? Surely it should be on the irresponsible dog owners who are training these dogs to do this. The dogs, irrespective of breed are just doing what they are being taught to do. Dogs fault? Owners fault? errrr let me think, oh yes OWNERS FAULT. Yet another case of the media jumping on the backs of these much maligned dogs and giving them a bad name and a bad reputation that they just do not deserve. Bad owners create bad dogs and it isn't just "Pit Bull types" whatever they are, that are used for fighting. Dogs are not born to hate or be aggressive, these traits are taught by IRRESPONSIBLE OWNERS. Pit Bulls are the most loving, loyal, brave and affectionate dogs you can get and are way down the list for dogs most likely to bite you. So stop victimising the pitties and start to lay the blame where it really belongs, on the 2 legged animal at the other end of the leash.
"Trees savaged by Pit Bulls" why is the onus on the dogs here? Surely it should be on the irresponsible dog owners who are training these dogs to do this. The dogs, irrespective of breed are just doing what they are being taught to do. Dogs fault? Owners fault? errrr let me think, oh yes OWNERS FAULT. Yet another case of the media jumping on the backs of these much maligned dogs and giving them a bad name and a bad reputation that they just do not deserve. Bad owners create bad dogs and it isn't just "Pit Bull types" whatever they are, that are used for fighting. Dogs are not born to hate or be aggressive, these traits are taught by IRRESPONSIBLE OWNERS. Pit Bulls are the most loving, loyal, brave and affectionate dogs you can get and are way down the list for dogs most likely to bite you. So stop victimising the pitties and start to lay the blame where it really belongs, on the 2 legged animal at the other end of the leash. Sybill
  • Score: 7

10:26pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Sugarcube says...

Are u sure it wasn't the dingle inbreeds just keep them in there kennels I don't mean the dogs
Are u sure it wasn't the dingle inbreeds just keep them in there kennels I don't mean the dogs Sugarcube
  • Score: -1

10:47pm Fri 8 Mar 13

ascole says...

WOW...this city is more concerned about some damaged trees??? Really? You would think they would be concerned for the animals that are being trained for fighting........oh, let's never mind about the dogs and the horrible fate they will suffer, let's worry about stupid effff'ing trees and how much iut will cost to replace them!!!!! Sounds like the towns people of Burnley aren't too bright....oh, and this article is completely misleading and of course leave it to the news media to portray pit bulls in a negative light when this in fact is not even remotely the dogs fault.
WOW...this city is more concerned about some damaged trees??? Really? You would think they would be concerned for the animals that are being trained for fighting........oh, let's never mind about the dogs and the horrible fate they will suffer, let's worry about stupid effff'ing trees and how much iut will cost to replace them!!!!! Sounds like the towns people of Burnley aren't too bright....oh, and this article is completely misleading and of course leave it to the news media to portray pit bulls in a negative light when this in fact is not even remotely the dogs fault. ascole
  • Score: 3

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