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Who In Their Right Mind Calls This Dog A Pet?

Once again a street in the UK is covered in the blood of a victim of a dangerous dog attack.

In a Liverpool Street in Formby, Merseyside four people were mauled and bitten by a Caucasian Shepherd Dog which had escaped from the home of an individual who though it fine to have one of these dogs as a pet!

Sadly, the dog was destroyed - and had to be - yet the owner's will no doubt merely be fined.

Commenting upon the latest dog bite incident, CWU's Health, Safety and Environment National Officer, Dave Joyce told Unionsafety:

"Why anyone would want one of those Dogs in a City situation is questionable - A Caucasian Shepherd or Caucasian Mountain Dog or Russian Bear Dog is a big animal, essentially being a guard dog breed, there’s a bit of a reputation surrounding Caucasian Shepherd dog temperament!"

He added:

"If you're going to be the owner of this type of dog you need to understand what you are taking charge off. The dog needs you're constant attention and to be kept under control at all times."

The local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo covered the event:

"Horrified witnesses spoke of their terror as they watched an escaped dog maul passers-by outside a luxury Formby home. Merseyside Police confirmed officers were called to Liverpool Road shortly after 1pm to reports that a dog had attacked five people - including a 15-year-old girl.

An eyewitness reported seeing a "bloodbath" as a large dog got out onto the drive of a walled property and escaped onto the street where it began attacking people. The dog, described by witnesses as a large Caucasian Shepherd, is reported to have begun mauling people at random in the street."

Area Safety Rep, Jamie McGovern from Gter Mersey Amal Branch of the CWU sent Unionsafety the following information:

livestock guardian dog (LGD) is a type of pastoral dog bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators.
Livestock guardian dogs stay with the group of animals they protect as a full-time member of the flock or herd. Their ability to guard their herd is mainly instinctive, as the dog is bonded to the herd from an early age. Unlike the smaller herding dogs that control the movement of the livestock, LGDs blend in with them, watching for intruders within the flock. The mere presence of a guardian dog is usually enough to ward off some predators, and LGDs will confront predators by vocal intimidation, barking, and displaying very aggressive behaviour.

LGDs are generally large and protective, which can make them less than ideal for urban or even suburban living. Some LGDs can grow to huge sizes. They are extremely powerful animals.

LGDs are truly independent self-thinkers, which means they are likely to ignore your commands in favour of their own decision. They are truly not like herding, sporting or other working dog breeds you might be familiar with.

Source: Derek Maylor / Liverpool Echo



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