Spalding family call for greater enforcement after dog is attacked on playing field
A family whose beloved pet dog was attacked in a Spalding park is calling for changes and greater enforcement.
Nicole and Lee Amott want dogs to be kept on their leads in Monks House Park after their dog Holly was left with deep bite marks following the incident on Friday last week.
Mr Amott, along with the couple’s three-year-old son Joseph, was taking a break in the park when a Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog ran over and attacked Holly.
He then had to carry wounded Holly around to the nearby vets for treatment and there are fears that she might have lasting nerve damage.
The couple have since been contacted by other dog owners whose pets have also been attacked on the field, which currently does not have any requirements for dogs to be kept on leads.
Mrs Amott, who is currently shielding at the family’s Spalding home, said: “I would like to see a change in the rules with dogs kept on leads on the field as it is a public place with little children running around.
“We have been contacted by at least three people whose dogs have been attacked there. One man said his dog was attacked by the same dog three times, but this wasn’t the same dog that attacked Holly.”
Spaniel cross Holly has not had the best start in life as she was a Romanian rescue dog before joining the Amott family four years ago.
Mr Amott, Joseph and Holly had stopped off at the playing field for a rest after a long walk at around 3.10pm on Friday last week when the incident happened.
Mrs Amott said: “My husband said that this dog was not on the lead and came running over to my dog who was sat down on the lead.
“It came over touched Holly and then attacked her. It was biting her front legs.
“The couple (the dog’s owners) were nowhere near the dog at the time it was running over the field.
“My husband was kicking the other dog but it wouldn’t let go of Holly. The man came over and he kicked the dog and then it ran off.”
Mr Amott spoke to the woman and was able to get their phone number before carrying Holly to the nearby vets on Bourne Road.
She said: “The lady was intent on saying it had never done anything like this before. My husband said if he had been on the lead he would not have had the chance. I am trying to find out the rules of whether they are meant to be on the lead or not.”
Holly needed £120 of veterinary treatment as staples were used on her wounds.
Mrs Amott said: “The vet said that she might have nerve damage on one of her front legs but she seems to be holding up okay.
“But the vet did say that she was very lucky not to have broken her legs because of the size of the dog that attacked her.
“She has always been a nervous dog but I am quite worried that this is going to set her back again.”
South Holland District Council has confirmed that Monks House Park does not have any specific requirements in place for dogs to remain on leads. However, it is the law in all public places that owners must ensure their dogs are not allowed to be dangerously out of control.
The council said it is also important that any incidents are reported so appropriate action can be taken.
Lincolnshire Police is responsible for dealing with dangerous dogs in the county and anyone concerned about a dog behaving dangerously should report it on 101 as soon as possible.