Pit-bull attack on police officer demonstrates why MPA stance on dangerous dogs is so necessary

When I posted yesterday on the subject of dangerous dogs, I didn’t know that just a short time before there had been a serious incident in which a police officer had been attacked in South London.

The subsequent Metropolitan Police statement was as follows:

“Shortly before 12.00 noon on Tuesday 23 February, a 57 year old male police officer, was attacked and bitten by two pit-bull dogs in the back garden of a residential property in Sladedale Road SE18.

Officers were attending the address to arrest the occupant for non-payment of a £1500 fine.

One PC placed himself in the garden of the neighbouring property in case the suspect tried to make off from his address.

This officer was attacked as the dogs subsequently jumped from the suspect’s garden over the fence to reach him.

A specialist dog section was called to subdue the dogs but due to their violent behaviour armed officers were called to the scene and the dogs were destroyed.

The injured officer was taken to a south London hospital suffering from approx 15 bites to his chest, face and arms. He has now been discharged but remains placed sick at present.

A 55-year-old man was arrested for non-payment of the £1500 fine, and was also arrested under the Dangerous Dog Act and on suspicion of assault on a police officer. He is currently in custody at a south London Police station.

He was also arrested on suspicion of assault GBH in relation to an incident in 2008 where a woman was attacked by two large brown pit-bull type dogs on Roydene Road SE18.

She sustained significant injuries to her body from the attack.

DI Bruce Galbraith, from Greenwich CID said: “This was an extremely distressing experience for this officer who was violently attacked by these dogs. We would like to ask the public to come forward and let us know if there have been any other incidents with these dogs or any information that may assist us with our investigation.””

I understand that a man has been charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act and will appear in Court tomorrow.

A timely reminder that the concerns expressed by MPA members were absolutely right.

But an even more salutary reminder of the risks faced by police officers every day.

2 thoughts on “Pit-bull attack on police officer demonstrates why MPA stance on dangerous dogs is so necessary”

  1. There are far too many dogs in this world and not just dangerous ones. This week’s “Costing the Earth” on Radio Four explained how each of them has an environmental impact comparable to that of a 4X4.

    And don’t get me started about cats.

    Hobbyhorses, in contrast, are 100% sustainable…

  2. There are far to many horrible people in the world, who are destroying our planet and abusing animals. The dangerous dog act is not working because the police and the councils are not taking any action to ban Pit Bulls and other dangerous dog breeds such as the Staffordshire Bull terrier, Rockweiller and Bull mastiff. You have to question why anyone would want to own such a nasty dog like the breeds mentioned above.
    The law needs to be BREED SPECIFIC and the four breeds mentioned need to be added to that list. “Ban Pit Bulls and their owners”. Councils need to evict and prosecute dangerous dog owners. The problem is epidemic and the parks are infested with these nasty dogs and their irresponsible owners. “Dangerous dog breeds are destoying communities”

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