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Shameless owner of dog that savaged veteran police horse PH Urbane says it wasn’t his fault

The owner of an out-of-control dog that attacked a police horse and left it with multiple injuries has insisted his pet is ‘friendly’ and was just ‘intimidated’ by the larger animal.

Pictures released today showed PH Urbane with several open wounds covering his legs and torso after footage, captured yesterday by a witness in Victoria Park, London, showed him being bitten by Coco the American Bully.

The chaotic scenes saw officers screaming for the dog to be put on a lead as members of the public intervened, with one man using a long stick to try to get the animal away from Urbane.

The Met Police revealed that the horse, whose partner collapsed and died at Notting Hill Carnival in 2022, had now been to the vet and was having some ‘well-earned recuperation’.

But owner Hakan Niyazi, who is in his twenties, said his pet Coco was intimidated and felt threatened, telling the Sun: ‘She’s so friendly. With any human she’s so good. I don’t know why it happened.’

He also accused the have-a-go-hero witness who used a long stick to keep the dog at bay of being ‘rude’, adding: ‘I was so angry at the time. He said I didn’t do nothing. I tried.

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Hakan Niyazi, in his twenties, said his dog Coco was intimidated and felt threatened

Pictures show 'PH Urbane' with several open wounds covering its legs and torso

Pictures show ‘PH Urbane’ with several open wounds covering its legs and torso

The Met Police revealed that the horse, whose partner collapsed and died at Notting Hill Carnival in 2022 , had now been to the vet and was having some 'well-earned recuperation'

The Met Police revealed that the horse, whose partner collapsed and died at Notting Hill Carnival in 2022 , had now been to the vet and was having some ‘well-earned recuperation’

‘I reciprocate energy. If you’re rude to me I will be rude back to you. He was angry. He was swearing, being rude. I was trying my hardest.’

Officers were heard shouting ‘get the dog now’, ‘get the dog’ and ‘get on with it’ as they tried to control their horses during the incident, which is believed to have gone on for roughly five minutes.

The attack comes after Urbane’s partner Sandown, a 14-year-old chestnut gelding, collapsed at Notting Hill Carnival, west London, in September last year.

Footage taken at the time showed the horse, which stood at 16 hands high, topple over as an officer desperately tried to take control of its reins.

More officers rushed over to help their colleague tend to the horse, which was lying motionless on the floor.

Carnival goers could also be seen watching on in horror as police attempted to keep the public at bay.

Sandown was described as one of the Metropolitan Police’s most experienced horses, having served an ‘impeccable’ seven years in the force.

The attack comes after Urbane's partner Sandown (pictured), a 14-year-old chestnut gelding, collapsed at Notting Hill Carnival, west London, in September last year

The attack comes after Urbane’s partner Sandown (pictured), a 14-year-old chestnut gelding, collapsed at Notting Hill Carnival, west London, in September last year

The Metropolitan Police shared the images and gave 'huge thanks' to the heroic witnesses who 'tried to help Urbane' from being attacked by what looked like an American-style bulldog. Pictured: The then Duchess of Cornwall with Urbane in 2019

The Metropolitan Police shared the images and gave ‘huge thanks’ to the heroic witnesses who ‘tried to help Urbane’ from being attacked by what looked like an American-style bulldog. Pictured: The then Duchess of Cornwall with Urbane in 2019

 

An officer dismounted the horse after the dog is moved away and shouted for the dog to be put on a lead immediately

An officer dismounted the horse after the dog is moved away and shouted for the dog to be put on a lead immediately

Officers shared the images and gave 'huge thanks' to the heroic witnesses who 'tried to help'

Officers shared the images and gave ‘huge thanks’ to the heroic witnesses who ‘tried to help’

Officers shared the images and gave ‘huge thanks’ to the heroic witnesses who ‘tried to help Urbane’ from being attacked.

What is the Dangerous Dogs Act? Which dogs are banned? And why is it controversial? 

WHAT IS THE DANGEROUS DOGS ACT?

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 bans or restricts certain types of dogs and makes it an offence to allow a dog of any breed to be dangerously out of control.

It was introduced 30 years ago by Home Secretary Kenneth Baker ‘to rid the country of the menace of these fighting dogs’ after a string of attacks.

WHICH DOGS ARE BANNED IN THE UK?

It is illegal to own four breeds of dogs without an exemption from a court. They are:

  • American pitbull terriers
  • Japanese tosas
  • Dogo Argentinos
  • Fila Brazileiro  

The law also criminalises cross-breeds of the above four types of dog – meaning that whether a dog is prohibited will depend on a judgement about its physical characteristics and whether they match the description of a prohibited ‘type’.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE’S A DOG ATTACK?

You can get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months if your dog is dangerously out of control. 

You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.

If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to five years or fined. If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.

And if you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or get an unlimited fine. 

WHY IS THE ACT CONTROVERSIAL? 

Both the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Veterinary Association have protested against the ban, insisting there is no scientific evidence that all individuals of a breed are dangerous.

However, Met Police data suggests that in incidents involving ‘dangerously out of control dogs’, banned breeds account for about a fifth of offences.

They added: ‘He will hopefully be back on duty as soon as he has fully recovered but not before.’

During the footage, an officer can be seen dismounting a horse after the dog is moved away.

A witness, 37, told the Sun she was walking her dog when she saw the other canine looking at the horses.

She said: ‘It was shocking and scary. You could tell it was bad. I spotted the dog and the body language was way too interested in the horses and was going over to antagonise them.

‘The officers were trying to get the owner to get the dog under control and secured.’

She said one person managed to grab the dog but the owner then took his time to put the dog on a lead.

The witness added she was ‘apologetic’ she couldn’t do anything to help, but felt she had to keep her own dog under control.

She accused some owners of the dog breed as only buying them for the ‘status’ and urged dog owners to keep their pets on a lead.

The Metropolitan Police has been approached for comment.

A report from February this year revealed there had been 18 deadly dog attacks since January 2020, with last year being the deadliest on record.

Twelve people, ranging from a 17-month-old toddler to an 83-year-old pensioner, were killed in dog attacks across England and Wales over a 12-month period – with experts pointing to several concerning trends potentially being behind the spate of disturbing killings.

James McNally, who has been dubbed Britain’s ‘dog bite solicitor’ and a personal injury claim expert with Slee Blackwell Solicitors, has previously said he had seen a rise in the number of dog bite claims in recent years.

Earlier this year he told MailOnline how he had more than 180 clients and his inbox was ballooning with fresh enquiries every day.

Mr McNally said: ‘Some of the worst injuries we’re seeing are by those beloved household pets; Collies, Jack Russells, Huskies. Any dog can cause injury at any time.

‘We’ve had a lady who lost the tip of her nose, delivery drivers missing fingers. There are cases we’re dealing with where a child has been scalped by the dog and suffered serious facial injuries – they’re all horrible.

‘In a lot of the cases we’re seeing, the way I see it is that it’s the family dogs.

‘I think the pandemic puppy boom has probably contributed to the rising number of dog bites, experts have raised huge concerns about puppy farms and I think a lot of us are just not aware of this entire world of dog breeding.

‘Ultimately, it’s a bit of a Wild West out there. We had the wrong dogs, being bred by the wrong people, going to the wrong homes.

‘It’s a recipe for disaster and was fuelling the fire.’

The number of dog attacks has prompted some to call for a revamp on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 – legislation which saw a blanket ban imposed on four specific ‘fighting-style’ breeds in the UK; the Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasiliero.

One of the mounts is thought to have suffered leg injuries and both are traumatised after the dog bit at their legs and body

One of the mounts is thought to have suffered leg injuries and both are traumatised after the dog bit at their legs and body

The act was introduced 30 years ago by Home Secretary Kenneth Baker ‘to rid the country of the menace of these fighting dogs’ after a string of attacks.

Owners can get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months if a dog is dangerously out of control.

They may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and the dog may be destroyed.

If owners let their dog injure someone they can be sent to prison for up to five years or fined. If they deliberately use a dog to injure someone they could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.

And if they allow a dog to kill someone they can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or get an unlimited fine.

Aggression in dogs is almost always a case of fear – using their bite as a last resort method of self-defence or to get a frightening or unpleasant experience to stop.

Such fears can arise due to early years puppy socialisation or past experiences. 

Owners should be able to recognise and establish how a dog is feeling, with many giving off warning signals before an attack.

There are several signals that dogs can give to indicate they are worried, fearful or feeling stressed and these include: yawning or licking lips, crouching with their tail between their legs, wagging tails and growling.

If a dog is showing any signs of aggression, a vet should be consulted to determine if there is a medical cause, such as pain or discomfort. 

Failing that, speaking to a behavioural expert could help tame a more aggressive animal. 

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