Councillor left injured after dog attack calls for leads review

South Ribble councillor Paul Wharton was out walking his dog Fudge in Farington Park when he was attacked by another dog off its lead.
South Ribble councillor Paul Wharton was out walking his dog Fudge in Farington Park when he was attacked by another dog off its lead.
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A councillor has made renewed calls for dogs to be kept on leads after he suffered injuries in a park attack.

Paul Wharton, 28, intervened when his pet pug Fudge was mauled by another dog off a lead in Farington Park, Leyland. The incident happened near the children’s playground at around 5pm on New Year’s Eve. He explained: “The other dog had its mouth round my dog’s neck.”

South Ribble councillor Paul Wharton was out walking his dog Fudge in Farington Park when he was attacked by another dog off its lead.

South Ribble councillor Paul Wharton was out walking his dog Fudge in Farington Park when he was attacked by another dog off its lead.

Mr Wharton tried to pull the two dogs apart and was bitten on his hand. He said: “My worries are if this was a child that was but it would of left much more serious injuries. I have previously requested the cabinet member responsible for parks and open spaces to review South Ribble Council’s ‘dogs on leads in the Borough of South Ribble Order’ to include Farington Park after a number of comments raised from park users and residents. I will be pressing again for the council to take action.”

Councillor Peter Mullineaux, cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and street scene, said: “The council has a strict dog control order in place, which requires owners to keep their pets on the lead on our streets, at nature reserves, and also in more formal areas of some parks. Dogs are not allowed to enter children’s fenced playgrounds, even if kept on a lead.

“Owners are permitted to allow their dogs off the lead for exercise in open parkland, but only if the dog is under control. They must not simply let the dog wander off, as seems to have happened in this instance.

“Most of our dog owners are responsible and dog attacks are few and far between. But if anybody does experience aggression from a dog, we would urge them to contact us immediately to let us know.”