Dog owner Nikki Ahmed 'in state of shock' after pet Chihuahua attacked by Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Watford Observer: Dog owner' upset after attack on Chihuahua Dog owner' upset after attack on Chihuahua

A dog-owner has spoken of her shock and upset after her Chihuahua was badly mauled by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in north Watford park.

Nikki Ahmed had to run with three-year-old Hudson bleeding heavily in her arms to a vets after the attack in Callowland Recreation Ground.

The small dog was left with his flesh badly torn but survived after £1,500 worth of veterinary treatment.

Police have since launched an investigation into the attack.

Miss Ahmed, 29, of Acme Road, said she did not want to see the other dog put down but wanted to warn other dog-walkers in the area.

The attack happened on Monday September 3, while Miss Ahmed was talking to another dog walker, who intervened to get the Staffordshire Bull Terrier off Hudson.

She said: "He had really bad bite marks on his neck. I thought it was worse when I scooped him up and ran to Medivet in St Albans Road.

"I was in a state of shock, really was. When I saw him I just ran to the vet, then it hit me and I burst into tears.

"He (Hudson) was conscious but he was also in a state of shock himself. He doesn’t like the vets at the best of times and he was distressed as I had to leave him there overnight. It was like a double trauma."

Miss Ahmed, a freelance fashion designer, took her case to the police and was referred to Watford Borough Council, who then referred her back to the police.

She said after a month of being shunted back and forth the police have finally took up the case this week and are investigating the incident.

Hertfordshire has apologised for the delay in investigating Hudson’s case and it is looking at its procedures around dog attacks.

Sarah Spence, a police spokesman, said: "Regrettably the reporting person was given the wrong advice and this should have been referred to officers.

"We would like to apologise and reassure the public that procedures are already being looked at and any lessons learnt will be shared with relevant staff. Investigations into the incident are on-going."

Hudson has since recovered from his wounds but been left psychologically scared by the ordeal.

Miss Ahmed added: "When he hears other dogs bark he gets scared, but he’s slowly getting his confidence back."

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3:09pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Reg Edit says...

Shame on the police.

It seems wrong that they can decide not to investigate attacks which any one of us would describe as criminal.

I'm glad in this case they have been forced to reconsider although they should have done their job in the first place.

I hope the dog makes a full recovery, dogs are very resilient.
Shame on the police. It seems wrong that they can decide not to investigate attacks which any one of us would describe as criminal. I'm glad in this case they have been forced to reconsider although they should have done their job in the first place. I hope the dog makes a full recovery, dogs are very resilient. Reg Edit

4:18pm Fri 12 Oct 12

dogwalk says...

There have been 7 attacks within the Space of 1 Month, Georgie our Dog was pinned upside down, and pull marks of hair were around her neck, I report it to the Council, they told me to ring the Police, The Police gave me a National Dog Wardens Number, I rang them and they gave me Watford Councils Number, I have written to Martin Gail MP, asking for Dog Wardens in our area. I have the Police coming Saturday for an Interview, How can a 14 Year old own a Dog and not be responsible for Hudson bills, what will be the next News bulletin, little Girl gets arm ripped off, something needs to be done fast!
There have been 7 attacks within the Space of 1 Month, Georgie our Dog was pinned upside down, and pull marks of hair were around her neck, I report it to the Council, they told me to ring the Police, The Police gave me a National Dog Wardens Number, I rang them and they gave me Watford Councils Number, I have written to Martin Gail MP, asking for Dog Wardens in our area. I have the Police coming Saturday for an Interview, How can a 14 Year old own a Dog and not be responsible for Hudson bills, what will be the next News bulletin, little Girl gets arm ripped off, something needs to be done fast! dogwalk

10:58am Sat 13 Oct 12

Honest Rog says...

Yet another instance of Plod incompetence. Why do we have to pay them fortunes in order for them to retire on gold plated pensions at age 52. This is the tip of the iceberg in that Plod are a law unto themselves. I and many in my social circle see Plod as a sad joke and if in bother sort out any problems ourselves. Plod incompetent!
As for the poor dog; I hope it recovers and that the killing machine (cos that's what Staffs are) is put down despite the poor girl's request for it not to be.
Yet another instance of Plod incompetence. Why do we have to pay them fortunes in order for them to retire on gold plated pensions at age 52. This is the tip of the iceberg in that Plod are a law unto themselves. I and many in my social circle see Plod as a sad joke and if in bother sort out any problems ourselves. Plod incompetent! As for the poor dog; I hope it recovers and that the killing machine (cos that's what Staffs are) is put down despite the poor girl's request for it not to be. Honest Rog

4:56pm Sun 14 Oct 12

unknown2013 says...

Staff's are not killing machines, bit ignorant of you to generalise in such a way. I think you will find the majority of staffordshire bull terrior's, if brought up correct are infact the kindest of dogs and most secure to have around children. My staff has been attacked by hedgehogs, ducks and all sorts and has never bitten back in her 3years of living. Maybe the society we live in should infact stop abusing dogs which would prevent alot of attacks in the future.
Staff's are not killing machines, bit ignorant of you to generalise in such a way. I think you will find the majority of staffordshire bull terrior's, if brought up correct are infact the kindest of dogs and most secure to have around children. My staff has been attacked by hedgehogs, ducks and all sorts and has never bitten back in her 3years of living. Maybe the society we live in should infact stop abusing dogs which would prevent alot of attacks in the future. unknown2013

1:01pm Mon 15 Oct 12

garston tony says...

Much like guns I guess dogs are often only dangerous due to their owners.

You have owners who cant control their animals and owners who couldnt care less and owners who believe everyone loves their beasts regardless of what they may actually be doing to them. And yes of course you do have many responsible owners too, but some of those fall into the first category of not being able to control their pets.

I still see it now occassionally when I'm in a park but the one that always annoyed me the most when my children were younger was owners allowing their pets to run loose in parks and we had on several occassions picnics for all intents and purposes ruined by dogs running through our food sniffing here and there which the owners acting like it was a big harmless hoot. Thankfully they got over it after a few years but my youngest was bowled over by a dog and inadvertently scratched by it with again the owner laughing like it was a joke we were all part of but it left my child traumatised around dogs for many a year after that. Why do people think that sort of thing is acceptable?

And thats even before you get to dogs actually attacking other dogs and people.
Much like guns I guess dogs are often only dangerous due to their owners. You have owners who cant control their animals and owners who couldnt care less and owners who believe everyone loves their beasts regardless of what they may actually be doing to them. And yes of course you do have many responsible owners too, but some of those fall into the first category of not being able to control their pets. I still see it now occassionally when I'm in a park but the one that always annoyed me the most when my children were younger was owners allowing their pets to run loose in parks and we had on several occassions picnics for all intents and purposes ruined by dogs running through our food sniffing here and there which the owners acting like it was a big harmless hoot. Thankfully they got over it after a few years but my youngest was bowled over by a dog and inadvertently scratched by it with again the owner laughing like it was a joke we were all part of but it left my child traumatised around dogs for many a year after that. Why do people think that sort of thing is acceptable? And thats even before you get to dogs actually attacking other dogs and people. garston tony

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