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Police investigate dangerous dogs’ after cat mauled to death

PUBLISHED: 20:45 05 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:40 05 October 2010

POLICE are investigating complaints of a dangerous dog out of control in a public park said to be attacking pets—including a cat reported being mauled to death. The complaints emerged at a public meeting in London’s East End

By Else Kvist

POLICE are investigating complaints of a dangerous dog out of control in a public park said to be attacking pets—including a cat reported being mauled to death.

The complaints emerged at a public meeting in London’s East End last night on the rising tide of dangerous dogs being reported in Tower Hamlets.

The attacks on pet dogs is said to have occurred in the grounds of St Matthew’s church gardens in Bethnal Green.

VICIOUS ANIMAL

One woman who called the East London Advertiser earlier this week said: “Owners are frightened to take their pets through the park because of this vicious animal.

“A cat was mauled to death and two pet dogs were attacked.

“We’ve reported it to the council, but they don’t seem to be able to do anything about it.”

Residents have lodged complaints with Tower Hamlets council, which led to last night’s packed meeting at Bethnal Green and a heated debate between the Town Hall officials and members of the audience.

UNIT SET UP

They complained that council had not dealt with the incidents of dog attacks and intimidation that they had reported.

The Met Police dog unit chief Ian McParland took details of individual complaints which he promised to get straight onto.

A Met Police dogs unit has been set up in the East End as the area is facing one of the biggest problems in London with dangerous dogs, the meeting was told.


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