POLICE are reminding residents to ensure they have proper control of their dogs after reports of two dogs attacking animals in the Brandon Groves area of South Ockendon.
The two large dogs reportedly attacked a small dog on January 29 whilst the dog was being walked by its owner, resulting in the dog suffering from cuts. It is also reported that the same dogs may have been responsible for killing a cat on January 25.
Pc Leigh Munden, from the South Ockendon neighbourhood policing team, said: “Responsible dog owners should be able to enjoy a walk with their pets without fear that their dogs will be attacked, so we are reminding residents in the area that they should be in proper control of their animals at all times. If dogs are dangerously out of control and attack a person it is a criminal offence, and we will treat it as such, so please ensure that you take the right precautions before letting your dog out in public.”
Police have been investigating to ascertain who the dog owners are, and will continue until they find them. When they do find them, they will seek to prosecute them.
If you have concerns about any police related issues in your area, contact your local neighbourhood policing team on 101 or by visiting the www.essex.police.ukand type in your postcode to find your local officer.