23/05/2024

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Horrifying moment screaming mother rushes to protect her one-year-old daughter and pet dog as out of control Staffordshire Bull Terrier lurches towards them and

Horrifying moment screaming mother rushes to protect her one-year-old daughter and pet dog as out of control Staffordshire Bull Terrier lurches towards them and

Shocking footage shows a mother trying to protect her young daughter – after an out of control dog attacked her own pet.

The woman was pushing her one-year-old child in a trike while walking her dog when a Staffordshire bull terrier came running up to them on Richmond Road in Sheffield, South Yorkshire on September 2. 

The bull terrier then attacked the woman’s dog while she tried to move her daughter, who can be heard crying, out of the way.

In the horrifying video, the mother can be heard screaming ‘take your dog, get off him’ as she attempted to move her own pet away while protecting her daughter.

Eventually, the staffy’s owner managed to grab his dog and move them out of the way.

Horrifying moment screaming mother rushes to protect her one-year-old daughter and pet dog as out of control Staffordshire Bull Terrier lurches towards them and

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier escaped from his home on September 2 and attacked a woman and her pet who were walking down the street in Sheffield

The larger dog mauled the woman's pet. She and her young daughter received superficial injuries. Her pet required treatment at the local vet

The larger dog mauled the woman’s pet. She and her young daughter received superficial injuries. Her pet required treatment at the local vet

The woman and her daughter both suffered superficial injuries from the attack.

Dog legislation officer PC Paul Jameson is now urging pet owners to take responsibility for their dogs and to prevent them from escaping.

He said: ‘Your dog is your responsibly.

‘If it attacks someone or causes fear in our communities, you are the one held responsible, you are the one facing prosecution, but your dog could also face being euthanised.

‘If you know your dog can escape your garden, fix it.

Police are warning dog owners to keep their pets under control and make sure they are unable to escape from their homes

Police are warning dog owners to keep their pets under control and make sure they are unable to escape from their homes

‘Build higher fences, put a lock on the gate, put up signage for people to be aware, and not enter.

‘Keep your dog on a lead, and if you know your dog doesn’t like other dogs, walk it in quieter areas and not during busy times.’

PC Jameson has also said that dog owners can’t think that they know their dogs best and that ‘it’s dangerous to apply human thinking to a dog’s behaviour’.

He said: ‘Don’t be complacent. Don’t think it won’t happen, don’t think you know your dog best.

‘They’re animals – even the most relaxed animals in certain situations can be subjected to stress, which may cause a response born from fear.

‘It’s an animal’s instinct and it’s our role to understand those situations, spot the signs your dog is giving you and remove them, or the stressor.

‘Dogs think like dogs and it’s dangerous to apply human thinking to a dog’s behaviour.

‘The same goes within your own home; teach your children from a young age to respect dogs, don’t let them climb or jump on them, ensure your dog has somewhere quiet to go that is their space, away from family life.

‘Sometimes simple common-sense, low-cost changes can make the difference.’

The dog in the video was seized by officers, but was later returned to the owner with conditions and guidance to follow.

The animal’s owner is being processed through restorative justice for the harm caused to the victims.