Malvern family in turmoil after Scampy the Jack Russell was attacked by lurcher

Worcester News: DEVASTATED: Julie Pearce and Zoe Pearce with a photo of Scampy. DEVASTATED: Julie Pearce and Zoe Pearce with a photo of Scampy.

A MUCH-loved pet dog was killed after what the owner has described as a “savage and unprovoked” attack.

Owner Julie Pearce says the family’s 11-year-old Jack Russell Scampy, pictured, was on his lead when a lurcher ran towards him, bit him and shook him “violently”.

She said her husband, Andrew Pearce, who was walking Scampy and their other dog Alfie, a springer spaniel, punched the Lurcher to get it off their pet but it did not let go and Mr Pearce has suffered flashbacks since.

Mrs Pearce, aged 49, of Upper Howsell Road, Malvern, said: “Scampy was on a lead and he’s getting old now so definitely wouldn’t cause any trouble, it was a completely unprovoked attack from a large lurcher dog.

“My husband tried punching the lurcher to make him let go of Scampy but it kept violently shaking him, it was just a savage attack on an innocent dog. 

“It was devastating. None of us has slept since and my husband keeps having flashbacks of it.”

Mrs Pearce said the lurcher’s owner, a woman, did try to intervene during the attack by her dog, which was not on a lead, on Wednesday, December 11, but they have not seen her since.

“After the lurcher let go of Scampy my husband grabbed him.

"The woman picked up his collar but my husband didn’t want to go near the dog again, so she just dropped it on the floor.

“We want her to take responsibility for her dog, it should be on a lead and muzzled. We have tried to ask around to find out who she was but have had no luck so far.”

After the attack on the public fields near Bronsil Drive, Malvern, Scampy was immediately taken to the vet’s – leading to costs of more than £240. 

He was kept overnight but allowed home the next day where he died at 8.15pm.

“The shock and trauma of it was just too much for him in the end, it’s broken our hearts.

"I think he waited to come home and be with his family before he passed away because he deteriorated so fast after the leaving the vet’s.

“He could barely walk as his hips were so badly injured.

"There were so many cuts and bruises all over him and he wouldn’t touch his food. It was horrible to see him like that. 

“I do not want people to go through the same thing so I want to warn people that vicious dogs are out there,” said Mrs Pearce.

PCO David Wise, of Malvern Safer Neighbourhood Teams, said: “This is a civil matter so we have made Malvern Hills District Council aware of this case.

“We will be keeping an eye out for the woman and the lurcher on our patrols in an effort to assist her.”

Malvern District Council was unavailable for comment as your Worcester News went to press.

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9:44am Fri 20 Dec 13

harriet says...

so sad that dog should never of been off lead. my dog was once attacked and was told the best way to get a dog off that is attacking is to carry a stick put it through the dogs collar and twist until the dog cant breathe.
so sad that dog should never of been off lead. my dog was once attacked and was told the best way to get a dog off that is attacking is to carry a stick put it through the dogs collar and twist until the dog cant breathe. harriet

9:54am Fri 20 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

More wimping out by the Police I see - "PCO David Wise, of Malvern Safer Neighbourhood Teams, said: “This is a civil matter so we have made Malvern Hills District Council aware of this case. "

What happened to the £5000 fine and 6 months in prison for having your dog dangerously out of control in a public place? www.gov.uk/control-d
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The Police are just a complete waste of space these days.
More wimping out by the Police I see - "PCO David Wise, of Malvern Safer Neighbourhood Teams, said: “This is a civil matter so we have made Malvern Hills District Council aware of this case. " What happened to the £5000 fine and 6 months in prison for having your dog dangerously out of control in a public place? www.gov.uk/control-d og-public The Police are just a complete waste of space these days. Hwicce

10:38am Fri 20 Dec 13

cahaph says...

So sorry for the family. This makes me so ANGRY, its happened to my dog on his lead twice, fortunately he survived, Some dog owners are clearly not in control and are being allowed to get away with walking a dangerous dog off a lead!! Why can't the police act?

In my case the police visited the owner of the dog who attacked mine, whom showed NO remorse or concern and his dogs have attacked before!!

ALL dogs should be walked on leads by LAW (& a fine imposed if you don't) regardless of whether as an owner you believe they are safe off a lead.....remember however good intentioned, you should never trust a dog!! I find it infuriating that some dog owners have such ignorance on this matter.
So sorry for the family. This makes me so ANGRY, its happened to my dog on his lead twice, fortunately he survived, Some dog owners are clearly not in control and are being allowed to get away with walking a dangerous dog off a lead!! Why can't the police act? In my case the police visited the owner of the dog who attacked mine, whom showed NO remorse or concern and his dogs have attacked before!! ALL dogs should be walked on leads by LAW (& a fine imposed if you don't) regardless of whether as an owner you believe they are safe off a lead.....remember however good intentioned, you should never trust a dog!! I find it infuriating that some dog owners have such ignorance on this matter. cahaph

11:04am Fri 20 Dec 13

Andy-Apache says...

Could easily have been a small child. Would the police take action then? A ridiculous sloping of shoulders AGAIN by Malvern police. As someone else pointed out, the dog was out of control and loose which is prosecutable.
Could easily have been a small child. Would the police take action then? A ridiculous sloping of shoulders AGAIN by Malvern police. As someone else pointed out, the dog was out of control and loose which is prosecutable. Andy-Apache

12:29pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

I reported an out of control dog that attacked my dogs. I reported the dog and the owner - i found out his name - to the police, the council and the RSPCA. It was a viscous attack by a strong dog that only stopped when i managed to drag the dog off myself as the owner was not helping! The reply from the police officer i spoke to? 'It is in a dog's nature to fight'! Reply from the council? 'It's not our responsibility if a person is not involved'! The RSPCA said it was nothing to do with them! So, i gather from that lot, that no one is responsible for out of control dogs that attack others.
I reported an out of control dog that attacked my dogs. I reported the dog and the owner - i found out his name - to the police, the council and the RSPCA. It was a viscous attack by a strong dog that only stopped when i managed to drag the dog off myself as the owner was not helping! The reply from the police officer i spoke to? 'It is in a dog's nature to fight'! Reply from the council? 'It's not our responsibility if a person is not involved'! The RSPCA said it was nothing to do with them! So, i gather from that lot, that no one is responsible for out of control dogs that attack others. Arthur Blenkinsop

12:52pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

Seems West Mercia Police's new motto is "Nothing to do with me mate".

They seems to want to turn up at all these local forum things to "listen to the community's views" but when there's actually something the community want done they are nowhere to be seen.

West Mercia - soft on crime, soft on the causes of crime.
Seems West Mercia Police's new motto is "Nothing to do with me mate". They seems to want to turn up at all these local forum things to "listen to the community's views" but when there's actually something the community want done they are nowhere to be seen. West Mercia - soft on crime, soft on the causes of crime. Hwicce

1:04pm Fri 20 Dec 13

cahaph says...

Andy-Apache wrote:
Could easily have been a small child. Would the police take action then? A ridiculous sloping of shoulders AGAIN by Malvern police. As someone else pointed out, the dog was out of control and loose which is prosecutable.
Completely agree with you. However when I got the police involved with my case (see comment) they visited the dog owner, but it ISN'T prosecutable, (Police Officer told me that). What I was advised to do was take out a civil case at costs of around £600 to me, if I wanted to take it further. This is why dog owners can get away with appalling behaviour as West Mercia don't give a fig.!
[quote][p][bold]Andy-Apache[/bold] wrote: Could easily have been a small child. Would the police take action then? A ridiculous sloping of shoulders AGAIN by Malvern police. As someone else pointed out, the dog was out of control and loose which is prosecutable.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you. However when I got the police involved with my case (see comment) they visited the dog owner, but it ISN'T prosecutable, (Police Officer told me that). What I was advised to do was take out a civil case at costs of around £600 to me, if I wanted to take it further. This is why dog owners can get away with appalling behaviour as West Mercia don't give a fig.! cahaph

1:30pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

cahaph wrote:
Andy-Apache wrote:
Could easily have been a small child. Would the police take action then? A ridiculous sloping of shoulders AGAIN by Malvern police. As someone else pointed out, the dog was out of control and loose which is prosecutable.
Completely agree with you. However when I got the police involved with my case (see comment) they visited the dog owner, but it ISN'T prosecutable, (Police Officer told me that). What I was advised to do was take out a civil case at costs of around £600 to me, if I wanted to take it further. This is why dog owners can get away with appalling behaviour as West Mercia don't give a fig.!
Looks like the Police need to brush up on the law a bit.

It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control:
- in a public place
- in a private place where the dog isn’t allowed to be (eg a neighbour’s house or garden without permission)

The law applies to all dogs.

Out of control

Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:
- injures someone
- makes someone worried that it might injure them

A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if:
- it injures someone’s animal
- the owner of the animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal

I would think killing someone else's dog falls into the "a court could decide... it injures someone's animal" category.

But then that would mean West Mercia would have to get off their backsides and do their job. Not likely to happen.
[quote][p][bold]cahaph[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy-Apache[/bold] wrote: Could easily have been a small child. Would the police take action then? A ridiculous sloping of shoulders AGAIN by Malvern police. As someone else pointed out, the dog was out of control and loose which is prosecutable.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you. However when I got the police involved with my case (see comment) they visited the dog owner, but it ISN'T prosecutable, (Police Officer told me that). What I was advised to do was take out a civil case at costs of around £600 to me, if I wanted to take it further. This is why dog owners can get away with appalling behaviour as West Mercia don't give a fig.![/p][/quote]Looks like the Police need to brush up on the law a bit. It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control: - in a public place - in a private place where the dog isn’t allowed to be (eg a neighbour’s house or garden without permission) The law applies to all dogs. Out of control Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it: - injures someone - makes someone worried that it might injure them A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if: - it injures someone’s animal - the owner of the animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal I would think killing someone else's dog falls into the "a court could decide... it injures someone's animal" category. But then that would mean West Mercia would have to get off their backsides and do their job. Not likely to happen. Hwicce

3:10pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Pussyslimeslurper says...

Carry a street legal knife. If the things off a lead and attacks you or your dog then stab it in the back thigh. If it carries on, stab it again. You are entitled to defend yourself and your dog. Obviously don't stab it unless it's a larger dog that you can't over power and fight off. Don't stab a pug or something lol.
Carry a street legal knife. If the things off a lead and attacks you or your dog then stab it in the back thigh. If it carries on, stab it again. You are entitled to defend yourself and your dog. Obviously don't stab it unless it's a larger dog that you can't over power and fight off. Don't stab a pug or something lol. Pussyslimeslurper

3:17pm Fri 20 Dec 13

cahaph says...

Hwicce wrote:
cahaph wrote:
Andy-Apache wrote:
Could easily have been a small child. Would the police take action then? A ridiculous sloping of shoulders AGAIN by Malvern police. As someone else pointed out, the dog was out of control and loose which is prosecutable.
Completely agree with you. However when I got the police involved with my case (see comment) they visited the dog owner, but it ISN'T prosecutable, (Police Officer told me that). What I was advised to do was take out a civil case at costs of around £600 to me, if I wanted to take it further. This is why dog owners can get away with appalling behaviour as West Mercia don't give a fig.!
Looks like the Police need to brush up on the law a bit.

It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control:
- in a public place
- in a private place where the dog isn’t allowed to be (eg a neighbour’s house or garden without permission)

The law applies to all dogs.

Out of control

Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:
- injures someone
- makes someone worried that it might injure them

A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if:
- it injures someone’s animal
- the owner of the animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal

I would think killing someone else's dog falls into the "a court could decide... it injures someone's animal" category.

But then that would mean West Mercia would have to get off their backsides and do their job. Not likely to happen.
I here what you are saying & I believe you are quite correct, however West Mercia police don't agree....A court may favour you if you pay for a private prosecution as clearly West Mercia won't fund it.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cahaph[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy-Apache[/bold] wrote: Could easily have been a small child. Would the police take action then? A ridiculous sloping of shoulders AGAIN by Malvern police. As someone else pointed out, the dog was out of control and loose which is prosecutable.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you. However when I got the police involved with my case (see comment) they visited the dog owner, but it ISN'T prosecutable, (Police Officer told me that). What I was advised to do was take out a civil case at costs of around £600 to me, if I wanted to take it further. This is why dog owners can get away with appalling behaviour as West Mercia don't give a fig.![/p][/quote]Looks like the Police need to brush up on the law a bit. It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control: - in a public place - in a private place where the dog isn’t allowed to be (eg a neighbour’s house or garden without permission) The law applies to all dogs. Out of control Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it: - injures someone - makes someone worried that it might injure them A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if: - it injures someone’s animal - the owner of the animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal I would think killing someone else's dog falls into the "a court could decide... it injures someone's animal" category. But then that would mean West Mercia would have to get off their backsides and do their job. Not likely to happen.[/p][/quote]I here what you are saying & I believe you are quite correct, however West Mercia police don't agree....A court may favour you if you pay for a private prosecution as clearly West Mercia won't fund it. cahaph

3:59pm Fri 20 Dec 13

batchelorboy says...

All the comments here are based on the assumption that the owner of the lurcher knew the dog was dangerous. No one knows their dog will attack another until it does so. My dog is as soft as melted butter but there are some dogs she has never seen before and just takes an instant disliking too, and vice versa I imagine.

Lurchers are generally mild-mannered dogs - no one knows why this one attacked and we only have one side of the story that it was an unprovoked attack. Like I say, my dog is soft but sometimes she is just having a bad day (just like any living thing) and likes to wind other dogs up.

If my dog attacked another causing death from the injuries I'd be very much ashamed and honestly wouldn't know what to do next.
All the comments here are based on the assumption that the owner of the lurcher knew the dog was dangerous. No one knows their dog will attack another until it does so. My dog is as soft as melted butter but there are some dogs she has never seen before and just takes an instant disliking too, and vice versa I imagine. Lurchers are generally mild-mannered dogs - no one knows why this one attacked and we only have one side of the story that it was an unprovoked attack. Like I say, my dog is soft but sometimes she is just having a bad day (just like any living thing) and likes to wind other dogs up. If my dog attacked another causing death from the injuries I'd be very much ashamed and honestly wouldn't know what to do next. batchelorboy

5:54pm Fri 20 Dec 13

anglew711 says...

No dog owner can say with 100% certainty that their dog would never attack. My sympathies are with the family who suffered this tragic ordeal

I myself own a lurcher, the most laid back and affecionate dog you could meet BUT he is always muzzled on a walk. This gives me peace of mind and he isnt bothered by it at all. If this was made law then these horrible events wouldnt happen. I
No dog owner can say with 100% certainty that their dog would never attack. My sympathies are with the family who suffered this tragic ordeal I myself own a lurcher, the most laid back and affecionate dog you could meet BUT he is always muzzled on a walk. This gives me peace of mind and he isnt bothered by it at all. If this was made law then these horrible events wouldnt happen. I anglew711

8:11pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Monk672 says...

My jack Russell was attacked the other day, a staffy crept up behind her and sank its teeth into her back legs, totally unprovoked!!!! the staffy was not with it's owner, it was wandering the streets. I know who owns the dog and phoned the police. A cso turned up and went and spoke to the owner. I do not blame the staffy, he just saw my jack Russell in his territory, I blame the owner. If you own a dog. Keep it on a lead. I do. I am a man, I had strength to pull the staffy off, there are old ladies who walk there dogs in same area, I dread to think what could happen. More should be done to punish the idiots who don't deserve a loving pet. There is also a Rottweiler roaming the streets by my house. Police have been informed, yet he still roams.
My jack Russell was attacked the other day, a staffy crept up behind her and sank its teeth into her back legs, totally unprovoked!!!! the staffy was not with it's owner, it was wandering the streets. I know who owns the dog and phoned the police. A cso turned up and went and spoke to the owner. I do not blame the staffy, he just saw my jack Russell in his territory, I blame the owner. If you own a dog. Keep it on a lead. I do. I am a man, I had strength to pull the staffy off, there are old ladies who walk there dogs in same area, I dread to think what could happen. More should be done to punish the idiots who don't deserve a loving pet. There is also a Rottweiler roaming the streets by my house. Police have been informed, yet he still roams. Monk672

12:40pm Thu 26 Dec 13

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

Is it time that all dogs were muzzled in public places? I am sick and tired of dog owners who spout the immortal words "He/she is only being friendly" as the hound sinks its' teeth into my leg! (Exaggerating I know!) But no one can guarantee that their dog will not attack another!
Is it time that all dogs were muzzled in public places? I am sick and tired of dog owners who spout the immortal words "He/she is only being friendly" as the hound sinks its' teeth into my leg! (Exaggerating I know!) But no one can guarantee that their dog will not attack another! imustbeoldiwearacap

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