LETTERS From Mrs Mary Gregory, Shanklin:
AFTER experiencing several attacks on my dog while walking it on a lead, I wrote to Andrew Turner MP with my concerns.
He passed my letter to Lord de Mauley, minister responsible for a new bill being drafted in this policy area.
There have been so many attacks, some resulting in the death of dogs in the last couple of years on this supposedly dog-friendly Island, that I feel proposed amendments to this bill should contain actions an authority can take on irresponsible dog owners, such as compulsory muzzling and heavy fines.
So far, the new proposals only cover guide dogs and assistance dogs.
I would urge any dog owners whose pets have been attacked to write to Mr Turner with a short summary of the attack and photographs of the injuries as this is probably the only chance responsible dog owners will have to add a clause to this bill which takes their concerns seriously.
The government says it will be putting this new bill out for public consultation, so by sending Mr Turner as much information as possible, he will be able to forward the letters to the minister responsible for this policy.
I would urge dog owners to take a phone camera with them on walks and when attacked, take as many photos of the dog and owner as possible. I do appreciate this is not the easiest thing to do while trying to protect your pet, but evidence is vital these days.