Mary calls for clampdown on irresponsible dog owners

Mary Marcus with Kal
Mary Marcus with Kal
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A WOMAN whose pet lurcher has been attacked twice in the space of two months is calling for dog owners to take more responsibility.

Mary Marcus, 46, of Alexandra Road, St Leonards, said that irresponsible owners had cost her hundreds of pounds in vet bills and left her pet with significant injuries.

She said: “I’m so frustrated. No one is taking any responsibility. How many times does one dog have to go into surgery?”

Two months ago, her dog Kal required 14 stitches after being bitten by a black Labrador in Alexandra Park.

The most recent attack was at 7.30am on Monday morning (April 29), when Mary was walking Kal in the Firehills area of Hastings Country Park.

She was passing a woman with three dogs, one of them a whippet, which was off the lead, and attacked Kal, leaving him with bite wounds.

“I’m fed up. It’s making me feel uncomfortable about walking around the beautiful countryside in Hastings,” said Mary, who works as a funeral director in St Leonards.

“There are a lot of people who are worried about people being responsible for their dogs,” she said, adding that she was considering what further action to take including launching a petition calling for a change in the law to hold irresponsible dog owners accountable for paying any damages.

“At the moment there is nothing in place,” said Mary. “I just can’t get over this.”

Julie Collins, head veterinary nurse at Chase Vets, in London Road, St Leonards, said that so far this year they had treated five dogs which had been attacked. Taking this as a guide, the total number of dogs requiring treatment each year across town could be in the region of 200.