Out of control dog injures child in Harbury

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a child was injured by an out of control dog in Harbury.

The incident occurred at around 5.30pm on Monday March 21 in the village’s recreation field.

A dog with black and white spots, believed to be a Dalmatian, ran away from its owner and jumped up at a group of children, putting muddy paw marks on their clothes and causing a number of scratches to one of them.

One of the group tried to hit and kick out at the dog, causing the animal to stop. All of the children present were said to be very upset by the incident.

The dog was off its lead during the incident and its walker, a woman, was on the far side of the field.

PC Deborah Young from Warwickshire Police said: “I would like to take this opportunity to remind all dog owners of their responsibilities in ensuring the control of all dogs, whether in public or private places.

“We are appealing to people in the area to come forward if they believe they know this dog and its owner. We would like to ensure the safety of all of the local residents, especially the children in the area and in order to do this we will need to identify the dog and to speak with its owner”.

Police believe the dog may have been involved in similar incidents in the past and would like to talk to the owner to ensure the safety of the public.

Anyone with any information about the dog and its owner should call police on 101 quoting incident number 315 of March 21.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.