Local residents ‘traumatized’ by spate of dog attacks ‘live in fear for their lives’

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE Neighbors want Greater Manchester Police to take action against two Shar Pei dogs reportedly roaming around Moss Side attacking four cats and a woman

Shar Peis are a Chinese fighting dog breed
Shar Peis are a Chinese fighting dog breed. file image

Residents on a street that has seen a series of violent dog attacks have warned the situation is “an accident waiting to happen”.

Neighbors on a south Manchester street say their lives have been changed by the presence of two “big” and “angry” Shar Pei dogs.

Local residents claim the dogs are often abandoned in Moss Side, with a number of attacks reported in the area around Platt Lane. reports the Manchester Evening News.

The dogs in the area are believed to have killed at least four cats and bitten at least one woman – and given the proximity to an elementary school, neighbors are fearful of what may come next.

“It’s pretty barbaric,” Stephanie*, who witnessed her neighbor Leah’s cat Burnie being killed by the dogs on May 26, told the outlet.

“We heard a commotion and ran outside. My daughter was in front of me and she yelled mom, they got the cat!

“We ran upstairs and they had the cat between them, one had one end and the other had the other end, and they were just playing with it.

One of the dogs’ alleged victims


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“It was horrible.”

Leah found out about Burnie’s fate after Stephanie knocked on her door and told her what she had seen. She had only let him out five minutes before he was attacked.

“It all happened so quickly,” she says. “I’ve had Burnie for 15 years, he’s with me every day except when I’m on holiday. It’s really horrible, a horrible way to die.”

She reported the incident to Greater Manchester Police (GMP), who declined to comment on a cat’s death but said the report had been forwarded to their neighborhood team.

However, the RSPCA maintains that enforcing the Dangerous Dogs Act is the responsibility of police, calling the incident “troubling” and saying “dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their dogs are under appropriate control at all times.”

Heartbroken and angry, Leah began talking to her neighbors about the incident – and realized she wasn’t alone.

She believes another cat was killed by the same dogs the same night as Burnie, and a woman was attacked the morning after.

The group are now working together to raise awareness for the dogs – including at the local elementary school across the street where they believe the owner lives.

Leah had her cat, Burnie, for 15 years


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“It’s an accident waiting to happen,” commented Stella*, another neighbor who supports a charity called Rescue Kitties. “She [the police] knows who he is, but nothing is done about it.”

And Stephanie, who owns two cats of her own, said the attacks have changed the way she and her family live.

“It sounds really stupid, but it’s changed our lifestyle,” she told MEN.

“A few weekends ago over the anniversary weekend we were out and my daughter was so distraught that the cats could come out and something could happen that we had to come home to bring the cats in and lock them up.

“It’s frustrating because these dogs are angry. You are malicious. It’s changed the way a lot of us live because we all bring our cats in late at night.”

The group has reported the dogs to their local councilor, Mahadi Sharif Mahamed, who said they have approached GMP on the matter.

Stephanie believes the dogs have been in the neighborhood for around two years – but nothing has been done about it.

“The dogs are well known to various neighbors,” she said. “Last but not least, it’s antisocial when the whole neighborhood is scared of your dogs.

The attacks occurred in the Platt Lane area of ​​Moss Side


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“I just think it’s only a matter of time before more people get bitten.”

An RSPCA spokesman said: “This sounds like a very worrying incident and the owner of the cat involved must be terribly upset.

“Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their dogs are under appropriate control at all times.

“It is therefore important that owners understand the circumstances that are likely to cause their dog to become aggressive, as well as the signs of potentially aggressive behavior in their dogs, so they can take steps to prevent incidents.”

“Leashing dogs in appropriate places can also reduce the risk of incidents.

“We urge anyone with concerns about their dog’s behavior to seek advice from their veterinarian, who may refer them to a suitably qualified clinical animal behaviorist.

“If your pet is attacked by another dog, we advise you to report it to the police.”

*Some names have been changed to protect identity.

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