Editor’s comment: Some people have dogs to intimidate

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 July 2017

A dog walker on Wanstead Flats. Picture: PA

A dog walker on Wanstead Flats. Picture: PA

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Most of our readers are animal-lovers. Any stories about cruelty towards animals always elicits a strong response.

But what about aggressive behaviour by pet owners towards other people?

A dog walker on Wanstead Flats was punched and kicked to the ground by three men after he complained that their Staffordshire bull terrier had attacked his pet.

And when he said he would report them to the police they drew a gun and threatened to shoot him.

It was a frightening experience for someone who was simply exercising his dog at one of the borough’s beauty spots.

And on this page we have a letter from a disabled man who was shouted at by a woman who let three dogs run amok across his family’s picnic at Hainault Forest Country Park.

Some people seem to have dogs as a way of intimidating others.

And it is behaviour like this that is prompting Redbridge Council to consider cracking down.

The authority is considering limiting people to walking no more than six dogs at once.

Mind you I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone walking more than six dogs in Redbridge.

Dogs are great fun and good companions and it is only fair that they have the chance to run off the lead sometimes. But they need to be properly looked after and they need to be controlled, for their own good as well as everyone else’s.

As the letter writer says: “We all have to fight back against these sad destructive people who ruin life for law abiding citizens!”

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