Friday, February 05, 2010

Advice, please.

A little over a year ago, I looked after a dog that belonged to a friend's mother. He was a nervous rescue dog and was a delight to have in the flat, although he was anxious he was obedient, attentive and joyous. Last night, while my friend's mother was taking him for a walk, he was attacked and killed by another dog.

Obviously, my friend and his mother are very much shaken by this and, I admit freely, I am too. It sounds like such a horrible thing to have happen and the police have said that they're limited in what they can do directly against the dog and its irresponsible owners who allowed the attack to happen. Apparently, they may need to get a solicitor involved, which might add to the general distress. If the attack had been against a human, the dog would be destroyed and its owners taken to court, but because the victim was a dog, the law seems less clear.

Can anyone recommend a solicitor in south-east London or perhaps help with a little bit of legal advice to help clarify the position a dog owner (who herself was indirectly injured, aggravating a back injury trying to get the dog away from her pet) is in. She would like the aggressive dog destroyed before it kills again.

Sad, sad news.


Ash said...

From the better half, who I mentioned the incident to:
"I would recommend they try Citizens Advice in the first instance (as they do have trained solicitors on staff) or the Blackfriars Advice Centre (in
the shopping centre at Elephant & Castle) who offer generalist legal
advice pro bono."

MadeInScotland said...

As someone who gives pro bono advice at the Blackfriars Settlement elsewhere in Southwark, do check what is on offer at E&C.

We are constrained by demand and only able to offer advice on housing, debt, contract and employment.

However other pro bono clinics do have different briefs.

Civil law remedies also available.


Mike said...

My heart goes out to you and your friends.

Because pets are "property" the law often limits compensation to a small monetary amount as if you were replacing a stolen television.

I'd be surprised if there weren't laws that provided for control orders (effectively a canine ASBO) on the offering dog. If an aggressive animal were killing livestock, I'm sure that such orders would take effect.

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