Grantham Journal columnist Peter Clawson: Dangerous dogs are being used as weapons

Peter Clawson.
Peter Clawson.
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Dangerous dogs have always been a menace in and around Grantham, but the problem was brought up to date for me recently by an horrific fatal attack along the Riverside Walk.

Residents across the Witham were woken up during the early hours by a prolonged series of bloodcurdling screams, which sounded as if a young woman was being raped or murdered.

I was one of those chilled to the bone by what was later described as a so-called ‘demon’ dog savaging to death a cute little Yorkie terrier in front of its terrified owner.

Not being a dog lover personally, but recognising their value as pets, I was even more concerned to discover on a television programme, that an increasing number of these incidents are occuring due to dog breeders deliberately training their animals to kill on cue.

Worse still was the news that such owners not only let their beasts off the lead to attack other dogs and people, but often set them completely free once their effectiveness has ended.

For many years packs of dangerous dogs discarded in this way have terrorised housing estates both in Grantham and elsewhere.

Some owners of illegal dogs freely admit to using them as weapons of both defence and attack.

Carrying weapons like guns, crossbows and knives is, of course, against the law and can result in custodial sentences. Surely this should also apply to any other kind of weapons such as dangerous animals as well.

People who say not to blame the animals but their owners, are obviously right but I have always believed that any dog which bites someone and draws blood should be automatically put down.

Any good zoologist will tell you that once a beast has acquired a taste for blood, it is almost impossible to rid it of the craving.