Island family are ‘traumatised’ by fatal attack on their pet dog

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AN Islandmagee family have said they are “traumatised” after their pet dog was attacked by a “greyhound-type” breed in a fatal attack.

The incident, which is being investigated by Larne Borough Council’s environmental services department, has raised concerns among residents who were to meet with local councillors on Tuesday evening.

The Bichon Frise dog died as a result of injuries sustained in the attack which happened at 7.45am on Monday, June 18. The owner, who does not want to be identified, said he and his wife were walking their dog when they were approached by a man walking four “greyhound-type” dogs and the attack took place.

“We have all been left traumatised by the loss of our wee dog. My wife and myself were both injured and are in shock,” said the owner, who reported the incident to the council.

Cllr John Mathews said residents were concerned in the wake of this and other dog attacks, adding that he had invited fellow Larne Lough councillors to attend a meeting with local people on Tuesday past.

“People here want the councillors to hear their concerns first-hand and then decide on what course of action the council should take,” he added.

On Monday night, Larne Lough councillor Mark McKinty asked council officers for guidance on legislation that would “allow Council or other statutory bodies to deal with dangerous dogs who attack or threaten to attack another animal, or human”.

He was informed that among the statutory provisions, the Control of Greyhounds Act 1950 provides for muzzling and control of the breed in public places and stipulates that one person can exercise no more than two greyhounds.

The Dogs Order 1983 allows for prosecution of the keeper or person in charge of a dog that attacks another animal or human.