Today we start a debate about dogs in our parks.
Are they out of control? Have you been attacked? Where else are dog owners to exercise their pets? We want to hear your views.
Over this week we will hear from a responsible dog owner, from the Police and community groups Friends of Cross Flatts Park and Friends of Middleton Park. Today we hear from a family in Beeston whose children are too scared to play in their local park.
Young Alfie was attacked by a dog in Cross Flatts Park in April 2014 on Good Friday. After more confrontations with dogs, he and his brother are now too scared to visit his local park.
Alfie’s father John has now raised the question – should dogs be banned from the park?
“Since Easter both of my boys have experienced out of control dogs running at them just about every time we visit and on two occasions I had to physically intervene to stop them being injured.
“Recently we’ve had a similar occurrence and then found the same dog being allowed to run loose inside the children’s play area. When I challenged the owner I was subjected to a torrent of abuse.
“Frankly I think its time all dogs were banned from Cross Flats Park because its impossible to tell who the responsible owners are with well behaved dogs and those who aren’t as they’re running towards you and then it’s too late for our children.”
John is a dog owner himself so hasn’t raised this subject lightly, but he feels his children aren’t protected. The dog who attacked Alfie on Good Friday was on a lead, but still inflicted facial injuries. The owner came forward after the event and voluntarily had the dog put down.
The problem doesn’t just affect Cross Flatts Park. Friends of Middleton Park have been moved to offer dog training classes to help owners control their dogs and Muhammad Khizer Mahmood was recently attacked by a dog in Brickfield Park, Beeston.
We would like to hear your views. Please add your comment below.