Police officers in Northamptonshire are urging dog owners to keep control of their pets after a rise in the number of dog bite incidents being reported to the Force.
These incidents have happened both in the home and in public places and officers are urging people who own dogs to take the necessary steps to ensure their dog is always under control and isn’t placed in a situation where it could cause harm.
In Daventry last weekend (July 8), two people were taken to hospital after a dog attack in Ericsson Close.
A Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman said: “Dog ownership rose during the Covid-19 lockdown and since then, we have seen an increase in the number of dog bite incidents being reported to us.
“Some of these attacks have been on very young children and could have resulted in fatal consequences.
“We cannot stress this enough – if you own or have control of a dog, please make yourself aware of all the steps you can take to prevent the risk of harm to other people.
“Be mindful of your surroundings and remember, you are responsible for any damage your dog may commit.
“You can minimise these risks, both at home and in public. The RSPCA has produced some great simple steps along with a video (link below) to educate dog owners and parents on how to keep children safe and dogs happy.”