THE debate on whether or not dogs should be kept on leads continues this week with Tamworth police and a canine crime group adding weight to the argument.
A senior police official and K9 Crimewatch have come forward in support of having dogs on leads in public – and both have called for pet owners to become more "respectful" and "responsible".
It follows an attack on a cat by two dogs in Tamworth, as reported in last week's Herald.
Stan Boss, owner of the cat which had to have its leg amputated, spoke out in disgust following the attack on his beloved ginger cat Tinkerbell.
The 55-year-old was desperate for something to be done and wants harsher punishments put in place for irresponsible owners. Stan also received support from Tamworth Borough Councillor Stephen Doyle, cabinet member for community development.
Following Stan's outcry Tamworth's new police inspector, Sgt Jason Nadin, told the Herald that people need to start coming forward to report dog attacks.
He said: "It's important for members of the public to report dog attacks to police and we urge them to do so. The police take attacks seriously and if your dog cannot be trusted you must keep it on the lead at all times – this goes for all local parks too. It's about showing respect to others and as an owner being more responsible.
"We will work with PCSOs and local dog wardens to combat this issue in our neighbourhoods."
UK dog reporting website K9 Crimewatch have also urged people to come forward if they witness any incidents – from dog attacks to dog related cruelty.
Chairman of K9 Crimewatch, Adrian Wills, said: "By reporting all dog-related issues it helps us to ensure that local councils and dog wardens have full details of all the incidents occurring in their area, enabling them to effectively monitor and manage them.
"Anti-social dog behaviour in the UK is on the increase and unfortunately a vast number of incidents go unreported. Now there is an easy solution by visiting our website: www.K9crimewatch.co.uk, where our reporting system enables you to submit details anonymously.
"A variety of events can be reported such as dog on dog or dog on livestock attacks; anti-social dog behaviour; lost dogs and dog-related cruelty.
The council also relies on members of the public to report irresponsible dog owners and dog cruelty. Call 01827 709427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.