Reported via desktop in the Parks and Greenspace category anonymously at 13:02, Thu 30 December 2021
Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later
On Christmas Eve morning I was walking my dog (Weimaraner) through Jubilee Park and met a man and woman in their 40s walking a very small dog and a very large black dog - I cannot be sure of the breed but possibly a Mastiff or Cane Corso. My dog had greeted the small dog and picked up his ball and then dropped it. I spoke briefly with the owners regarding our dogs (normal friendly dog talk) and they walked on. The black dog had a ball and as they walked on the woman said 'she won't want your dog pinching her ball' and carried on walking. My dog approached the black dog in a friendly manner and did not go to take her ball which was on the ground but she lunged at him in a very aggressive manner that I thought might turn into a fight. The dog then ran to catch up with her owners. It all happened very quickly and the owners did not see it happen and I didn't think any harm had been done, I just thought it had frightened my dog as he didn't seem himself. I looked him over and couldn't see an injury. However when I got home he started licking his thigh and I realised a chunk of fur had been scraped away, but again i thought it was just a surface wound. Unfortunately by Christmas evening my dog couldn't walk on his leg and I had to take him to the emergency vet to be treated. It turned out there was a 5cm puncture, most likely a bite, which had become infected and swelled massively. Unfortunately I didn't get the details of the owners as I didn't at the time realise the serious of the situation. This black dog is obviously very possessive over her ball and the owners shouldn't be allowing her to take one out with her. I believe that this is a dangerous dog and potentially could be very dangerous.
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State changed to: In progress
Posted by Bromley Council at 13:03, Thu 30 December 2021
I am shocked at the behaviour of this individual as a fellow dog owner I understand the upset, anxiety and anger this incident must’ve caused to you and your pet dog. Reviewing Bromley Council Public Space Protection Order & other legislation, unfortunately I must advise that the action of the dog (and owner) are not covered by any legislation we can enforce. It’s important for me to advise your option to seek civil action to recoup costs of vet bills and associated treatment, for this matter I’d advise seeking legal advice. Personally, I would also recommend an online report to the Met Police, for their records. Please be assured if we could take action, as an authority, we would act as robustly as legislation allowed.
State changed to: Closed
Posted by Bromley Council at 19:04, Saturday 1 January 2022
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State changed to: No further action
Posted by Bromley Council at 19:07, Saturday 1 January 2022