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Hunt for loose dogs after Accrington schoolboy is attacked

Lancashire Telegraph: Anthony Braithwaite, 11, was attacked as he made his way to school. Anthony Braithwaite, 11, was attacked as he made his way to school.

A HUNT has been launched for two dogs after they bit a young boy making his way to school.

Police in Accrington are appealing for information after the 11-year-old was attacked by the two Rottweiler or pit-bull type dogs.

Anthony Braithwaite was targeted by the animals as he walked along Lime Road in Accrington, just as he approached the junction with Marlborough Road.

His parents Jacqueline and Philip say the incident, which saw his trousers torn away and blood pour from his leg, left him traumatised for some time.

However Jacqueline said the attack could have been worse if it had not been for Hyndburn’s dog warden, who drove up and frightened the animals away just as they bit into Anthony’s leg at the knee.

Jacqueline said: “It looked very scary at the time with blood everywhere. However when the hospital cleaned him up they were satisfied he would heal well.

“It has left a scar and it was his worst nightmare come true. He has always had a fear of dogs and was very shaken and frightened. We had to bring him home from school afterwards because it was his route from school and he was afraid of seeing them again. We just want to find out who owns these animals so they can be taken off the streets”.

Dad Philip said: “They are just roaming free and they are obviously unsafe. Animals like these are status symbols for some people.”

The incident took place at around 3.45pm on Monday March 19. When disturbed, the dogs ran off in the direction of Queens Road and despite an immediate search of the area by both police officers and the Hyndburn Council Dog Warden, the dogs were not located and police are appealing to any witnesses to come forward.

The dogs have been described as all black in colour.

PC Anna Gavela said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and has any information that could help to contact us.”

Anyone who saw anything are asked to call police on the non-emergency number 101.

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10:56am Thu 12 Apr 12

Your ferret stinks says...

It's a shame for lad being affraid of dogs as they can sense the fear immediately.
I love dogs but my wife is affraid of them from being bitten around the same age as this lad and when we go out walking through the woods or over moors it's inevitable that a dog will jump up at her, at which point i have to take hold of the dog and calm it down or send it on it's excited way.
I dont blame the dog but when we meet up with the owners further along the path it has, on occassion, led to some nasty confrontation, yet who is wrong?
This young lad will now have this with him for the rest of his life unless he gets some help and quickly.
It's a shame for lad being affraid of dogs as they can sense the fear immediately. I love dogs but my wife is affraid of them from being bitten around the same age as this lad and when we go out walking through the woods or over moors it's inevitable that a dog will jump up at her, at which point i have to take hold of the dog and calm it down or send it on it's excited way. I dont blame the dog but when we meet up with the owners further along the path it has, on occassion, led to some nasty confrontation, yet who is wrong? This young lad will now have this with him for the rest of his life unless he gets some help and quickly. Your ferret stinks
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1:43pm Thu 12 Apr 12

Caspar the ghost says...

Loose dogs should be caught and taken into care. Then the owners (if found) should be banned from keeping a dog for 5 years. After that they should need a special licence costing £100 per year.
You will never control people who keep such dogs, dogs can be controlled if kept properly. The whole responsibility lies with dog owners. Make it difficult for them (Exceptions should be OAP's with dogs!).
Loose dogs should be caught and taken into care. Then the owners (if found) should be banned from keeping a dog for 5 years. After that they should need a special licence costing £100 per year. You will never control people who keep such dogs, dogs can be controlled if kept properly. The whole responsibility lies with dog owners. Make it difficult for them (Exceptions should be OAP's with dogs!). Caspar the ghost
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2:24pm Thu 12 Apr 12

darwenTower says...

Why an exception for OAPs?
Why an exception for OAPs? darwenTower
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1:13pm Mon 16 Apr 12

SteOBrien says...

Caspar the ghost wrote:
Loose dogs should be caught and taken into care. Then the owners (if found) should be banned from keeping a dog for 5 years. After that they should need a special licence costing £100 per year.
You will never control people who keep such dogs, dogs can be controlled if kept properly. The whole responsibility lies with dog owners. Make it difficult for them (Exceptions should be OAP's with dogs!).
So if your dog happens to get loose or goes chasing after a **** on heat you should be banned from keeping a dog for 5 years? That seems slight overkill don't you think? Mind you, I believe they should bring back hanging for the dog owner who keeps letting his mutt lay brown loaf outside my front door without picking it up!
[quote][p][bold]Caspar the ghost[/bold] wrote: Loose dogs should be caught and taken into care. Then the owners (if found) should be banned from keeping a dog for 5 years. After that they should need a special licence costing £100 per year. You will never control people who keep such dogs, dogs can be controlled if kept properly. The whole responsibility lies with dog owners. Make it difficult for them (Exceptions should be OAP's with dogs!).[/p][/quote]So if your dog happens to get loose or goes chasing after a **** on heat you should be banned from keeping a dog for 5 years? That seems slight overkill don't you think? Mind you, I believe they should bring back hanging for the dog owner who keeps letting his mutt lay brown loaf outside my front door without picking it up! SteOBrien
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