Greenwich Park police horse attacked by dog

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A POLICE horse has been set upon in Greenwich Park by a bull terrier dog, leaving it with a wounded leg.

The four-year-old horse, named Quixote was in the park yesterday (January 22) at 10.53am being trained by a Mounted Branch police officer.

Quixote, who has only just become an operational horse, was being ridden towards the park entrance when the dog, a French bull terrier cross staff, ran towards him.

This Is Local London: Greenwich Park police horse attacked by dog

The dog kept barking  and leapt at Quixote, leaving him with a bite on his upper front leg and two puncture wounds.

A walker in the park had to intervene, restraining the dog before Safer Neighbourhood officers from Greenwich arrived on the scene to help.

Quixote was taken back to the police stables at Lewisham police station to be seen by a vet and is doing well.

A 26-year-old woman is due to be summonsed to court for allowing her dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and criminal damage to police property.

This Is Local London: Greenwich Park police horse attacked by dog

PC Katherine Smith from the Peninsula Safer Neighbourhoods Team said: "Although the vast majority of dog owners do behave responsibly, there is a small minority who still fail to control their dogs.

"All dogs, especially certain breeds, need to be properly managed so they do not become aggressive and it is the responsibility of owners to keep their dogs under control.

"Responsible dog ownership is important for the safety of everybody. If you believe a dog has a tendency to bite, always think about safety."

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1:45pm Thu 23 Jan 14

flea_in_ear says...

Not a Staffie this time, for all those who jump on the badwagon every time.

I hope Quixote makes a full recovery.
Not a Staffie this time, for all those who jump on the badwagon every time. I hope Quixote makes a full recovery. flea_in_ear

2:06pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

"a French bull terrier "cross staff". Half a Staff then. Just a shame the horse never kicked it out of the park and into the river.
"a French bull terrier "cross staff". Half a Staff then. Just a shame the horse never kicked it out of the park and into the river. Gypo.Joe

3:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

Is the horse going to sue the dog?
Is the horse going to sue the dog? white rabbit9

3:50pm Thu 23 Jan 14

franksutton says...

Well the owners going to be prosecuted. Wonder if it had been a person (child?) would they have taken action?
Well the owners going to be prosecuted. Wonder if it had been a person (child?) would they have taken action? franksutton

4:02pm Thu 23 Jan 14

kentlad says...

These kind of attacks need to stop.... something has to be done and soon.

Personally i think all dogs in public should be muzzled or if this is too harsh kept on leads at all times. And yes i am a dog lover and yes i have dogs too but, even i have been involved in cases where a staff has tried to attack my dogs and on one occasion i've had to defend a dog off for snapping around my little girl near a park.
These kind of attacks need to stop.... something has to be done and soon. Personally i think all dogs in public should be muzzled or if this is too harsh kept on leads at all times. And yes i am a dog lover and yes i have dogs too but, even i have been involved in cases where a staff has tried to attack my dogs and on one occasion i've had to defend a dog off for snapping around my little girl near a park. kentlad

5:57am Mon 27 Jan 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Staffies get attacked too and by other breeds, for instance, alsations are an unpredictable breed too when they choose to be, along with Jack Russell's, Labradors and even those snappy, ratty little chav bag dogs. It all depends on the ability of the owner and the way they control(or in some cases, not) their dogs. Not all staffie owners are irresponsible.
Hope the horse soon heals, poor thing. Can't help thinking has this been another rider and horse, no such action would have been fourth coming would it?.Again, one rule for them, another for us.
Staffies get attacked too and by other breeds, for instance, alsations are an unpredictable breed too when they choose to be, along with Jack Russell's, Labradors and even those snappy, ratty little chav bag dogs. It all depends on the ability of the owner and the way they control(or in some cases, not) their dogs. Not all staffie owners are irresponsible. Hope the horse soon heals, poor thing. Can't help thinking has this been another rider and horse, no such action would have been fourth coming would it?.Again, one rule for them, another for us. sarfflondonbird

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