Colonel is lucky after ‘monster’ Staffie threat in Holbeach park

Loraine Walker in Carter's Park with pet dogs Colonel (back) and Missy.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Loraine Walker in Carter's Park with pet dogs Colonel (back) and Missy. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A Holbeach dog owner has relived her pet’s confrontation with a “monster” dog in the town’s park.

Loraine Walker clamed that her German Shepherd dog Colonel could have been attacked after a group of youths tried to “goad” a Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog that was with them.

My worry was that if the lead had snapped, there could have been tragic consequences

Loraine Walker

Two of the youths was later found by police and made to apologise to Mrs Walker for their actions.

Mrs Walker said: “I was walking Colonel at lunchtime on October 2 when I saw three youths with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog off its lead.

“One of the park staff asked them to put the dog on a lead which they eventually did.

“But while I was still walking Colonel, they came towards me with the dog who was barking wildly.

“The youths were goading the dog to get Colonel which was frightening as I was terrified for my dog.

“My worry was that if the lead had snapped, there could have been tragic consequences.”

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “There was a complaint made to us and an officer attended who identified a 20-year-old male as having been responsible.

“It was arranged for the male and one of his friends to apologise to the complainant for their behaviour.”

Coun Paul Foyster of Holbeach Parish Council, which is responsible for Carter’s Park, said: “The prompt action by the police is appreciated, as was their warning to the youths that any repetition of their behaviour would result in an arrest and charge.

“We would ask all dog owners to keep their pets on a lead when in a public place and behave responsibly towards others and their own animals.”

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