Woolwich 5-year-old attacked by dog while beer-carrying owner 'did nothing to help'

News Shopper: Woolwich 5-year-old attacked by dog while beer-carrying owner 'did nothing to help' Woolwich 5-year-old attacked by dog while beer-carrying owner 'did nothing to help'

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl was attacked in Woolwich by a staffordshire bull terrier while its beer-carrying owner did nothing to help, police say.

The attack happened while the girl and her 11-year-old brother walked through an alleyway between Ritter Street with Whitworth Road at around 8.45am on December 3.

As the children walked past a man who had his dog off his lead, the animal jumped up and scratched the five-year-old's face, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head. The dog also bit her in the chest.

Her 11-year-old brother kicked the dog a number of times and pulled his sister off the ground.

The owner of the dog, who did not stop to help, is described as white, large build, in his mid-50s, with grey hair and a bald patch. He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and was carrying a can of beer.

Police describe the dog as a white and black staff with a collar and a white belly.

PC Russell Cherrington-Cook, in charge of the investigation, said: "From our initial investigation, it appears that the owner of the dog did not make attempts to help the children and showed a complete disregard for what happened by walking on whilst the attack took place."

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or PC Cherrington-Cook directly on 020 8721 2629.

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4:07pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Virtual-Monster says...

What kind of an adult stands by and watches a dog attack a child?

This man must be incredibly proud of himself.

Yet another star of the Woolwich Common gene pool no doubt!
What kind of an adult stands by and watches a dog attack a child? This man must be incredibly proud of himself. Yet another star of the Woolwich Common gene pool no doubt! Virtual-Monster
  • Score: 33

4:09pm Fri 3 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

The police stand by, remember that incident.

when will people stop having dogs, It's the dogs that are hard and dangerous not the owner. Repeat:

THE DOG IS HARD AND DANGEROUS NOT THE OWNER!!!!
The police stand by, remember that incident. when will people stop having dogs, It's the dogs that are hard and dangerous not the owner. Repeat: THE DOG IS HARD AND DANGEROUS NOT THE OWNER!!!! white rabbit9
  • Score: -25

4:11pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Biffo. says...

What breed of dog was it ??

AGAIN !
What breed of dog was it ?? AGAIN ! Biffo.
  • Score: -15

4:32pm Fri 3 Jan 14

whats common about sense says...

Biffo. wrote:
What breed of dog was it ?? AGAIN !
More to the point what breed of OWNER was it again?
[quote][p][bold]Biffo.[/bold] wrote: What breed of dog was it ?? AGAIN ![/p][/quote]More to the point what breed of OWNER was it again? whats common about sense
  • Score: 42

4:39pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Biffo. says...

whats common about sense wrote:
Biffo. wrote:
What breed of dog was it ?? AGAIN !
More to the point what breed of OWNER was it again?
" is described as white, large build, in his mid-50s, with grey hair and a bald patch."

Was it you WR9 ?
[quote][p][bold]whats common about sense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biffo.[/bold] wrote: What breed of dog was it ?? AGAIN ![/p][/quote]More to the point what breed of OWNER was it again?[/p][/quote]" is described as white, large build, in his mid-50s, with grey hair and a bald patch." Was it you WR9 ? Biffo.
  • Score: -8

4:40pm Fri 3 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

Was it you WR9 ?

I'm not from this planet, HOW CAN IT BE ME?

lol
Was it you WR9 ? I'm not from this planet, HOW CAN IT BE ME? lol white rabbit9
  • Score: -32

6:56pm Fri 3 Jan 14

reasonable75 says...

Biffo. wrote:
What breed of dog was it ??

AGAIN !
But staffies aren't dangerous, I expect it is a family pet, wouldn't hurt anyone
[quote][p][bold]Biffo.[/bold] wrote: What breed of dog was it ?? AGAIN ![/p][/quote]But staffies aren't dangerous, I expect it is a family pet, wouldn't hurt anyone reasonable75
  • Score: 17

10:58pm Fri 3 Jan 14

flea_in_ear says...

Staffies as a breed are not dangerous dogs. Any dog of any breed or cross is potentially dangerous. A well-trained Staffie is extremely sociable. The dogs which most frequently attack (and are seldom reported) are the miniatures, and this is generally due to lack of discipline.

The problem with Staffies is the strength of their jaws, and the fact that their jaws can lock.

Find a badly-behaved dog - any breed, Spaniel, Rottweiler - look at the owner. I despair when I see someone who is highly amused being hauled along on the end of their lead by their "dangerous Staffie". All they are demonstrating is a lack of control, and the lack of understanding that Staffies are strong. If they decide to take off, can the person dangling on the end of the lengthy lead rein them in?

It is so easy to blame the dog. A negligent owner takes them into our society, and expects them to abide by our rules which they do not set out for them.
Staffies as a breed are not dangerous dogs. Any dog of any breed or cross is potentially dangerous. A well-trained Staffie is extremely sociable. The dogs which most frequently attack (and are seldom reported) are the miniatures, and this is generally due to lack of discipline. The problem with Staffies is the strength of their jaws, and the fact that their jaws can lock. Find a badly-behaved dog - any breed, Spaniel, Rottweiler - look at the owner. I despair when I see someone who is highly amused being hauled along on the end of their lead by their "dangerous Staffie". All they are demonstrating is a lack of control, and the lack of understanding that Staffies are strong. If they decide to take off, can the person dangling on the end of the lengthy lead rein them in? It is so easy to blame the dog. A negligent owner takes them into our society, and expects them to abide by our rules which they do not set out for them. flea_in_ear
  • Score: 29

1:50pm Sat 4 Jan 14

camilla75 says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
The police stand by, remember that incident.

when will people stop having dogs, It's the dogs that are hard and dangerous not the owner. Repeat:

THE DOG IS HARD AND DANGEROUS NOT THE OWNER!!!!
No, dogs are like children and usually a product of their environment.. Usually nurture not nature. And the owner is responsible for dog's behaviour.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: The police stand by, remember that incident. when will people stop having dogs, It's the dogs that are hard and dangerous not the owner. Repeat: THE DOG IS HARD AND DANGEROUS NOT THE OWNER!!!![/p][/quote]No, dogs are like children and usually a product of their environment.. Usually nurture not nature. And the owner is responsible for dog's behaviour. camilla75
  • Score: 19

6:23pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Bobbyse2 says...

Oh here we go again! Newsshopper loves a good 'Staffie' story! 1 i bet it weren't a staffie! These dogs are one of the best pets around children and families! Look at the **** owner!
Oh here we go again! Newsshopper loves a good 'Staffie' story! 1 i bet it weren't a staffie! These dogs are one of the best pets around children and families! Look at the **** owner! Bobbyse2
  • Score: 9

8:39am Mon 6 Jan 14

Mrs Moneypenny says...

What sort of parent leaves a 5 year old walking alone with an 11 year old?!
What sort of parent leaves a 5 year old walking alone with an 11 year old?! Mrs Moneypenny
  • Score: 2

10:30am Mon 6 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

It must just be pure coincidence that these dog attacks are nearly always the same breed. Staffs.

ALL dogs when out in public should be muzzled, end of story.
It must just be pure coincidence that these dog attacks are nearly always the same breed. Staffs. ALL dogs when out in public should be muzzled, end of story. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -49

3:05pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Hk says...

Mrs Moneypenny wrote:
What sort of parent leaves a 5 year old walking alone with an 11 year old?!
Perhaps the 5 year old shouldnt have been out walking alone with an 11 year old but that doesnt really bear any significance to the fact the child was attacked by a dog. Whether with an 11 year old or with someone older this could have still happened.

Seems to me this is all down to the owner of the dog no matter what breed it is.

I hope they child is ok now.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Moneypenny[/bold] wrote: What sort of parent leaves a 5 year old walking alone with an 11 year old?![/p][/quote]Perhaps the 5 year old shouldnt have been out walking alone with an 11 year old but that doesnt really bear any significance to the fact the child was attacked by a dog. Whether with an 11 year old or with someone older this could have still happened. Seems to me this is all down to the owner of the dog no matter what breed it is. I hope they child is ok now. Hk
  • Score: 5

10:15pm Thu 9 Jan 14

betsham girl says...

U never hear of a jack Russell or lab attacking kids its always staffs and nasty looking dogs.and as for the man that just stood there u should b put down as well as yr dog
U never hear of a jack Russell or lab attacking kids its always staffs and nasty looking dogs.and as for the man that just stood there u should b put down as well as yr dog betsham girl
  • Score: 0

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