That is the terrifying second an out-of-control canine attacked two police horses in a park as heroic passers-by tried to cease the animal.

The footage, captured yesterday by a witness in Victoria Park, London, reveals the chaotic scenes as officers scream for what appears to be like like an American-style bulldog to be placed on a lead.

Members of the general public are seen to intervene, with one man utilizing a protracted persist with attempt to get the canine away from the horses in the course of the incident, which is believed to have gone on for roughly 5 minutes. 

Officers had been heard shouting ‘get the canine now’, ‘get the canine’ and ‘get on with it’ as they tried to regulate their horses which had been kicking out violently.

A person wearing camouflage clothes seems to be the proprietor, who seemingly stands again whereas different folks intervene.



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 canine is moved away and shouted for the canine to be placed on a lead instantly

An officer dismounted the horse after the canine is moved away and shouted for the canine to be placed on a lead instantly.

One of many mounts is believed to have suffered leg accidents and each are believed to have been traumatised after the canine bit at their legs and physique.

A witness, 37, advised the Solar she was strolling her canine when she noticed the opposite canine trying on the horses.


It’s unlawful to personal 4 breeds of canine with out an exemption from a courtroom. They’re:

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

The legislation additionally criminalises cross-breeds of the above 4 forms of canine – that means that whether or not a canine is prohibited will depend upon a judgement about its bodily traits and whether or not they match the outline of a prohibited ‘sort’.

She stated: ‘It was stunning and scary. You would inform it was unhealthy. I noticed the canine and the physique language was approach too within the horses and was going over to antagonise them.

‘The officers had been attempting to get the proprietor to get the canine below management and secured.’

She stated one individual managed to seize the canine however the proprietor then took his time to place the canine on a lead.

The witness added she was ‘apologetic’ she could not do something to assist however felt she needed to maintain her personal canine below management.

She accused some homeowners of the kind of canine breed as solely shopping for them for the ‘standing’ and urged canine homeowners to maintain their pets on a lead.

The Metropolitan Police has been approached for remark.

A report from February this yr revealed there had been 18 lethal canine assaults since January 2020, with final yr being the deadliest on file.

12 folks, starting from a 17-month-old toddler to an 83-year-old pensioner, had been killed in canine assaults throughout England and Wales over a 12-month interval – with consultants pointing to a number of regarding traits doubtlessly being behind the spate of disturbing killings.

James McNally, who has been dubbed Britain’s ‘canine chew solicitor’ and a private damage declare knowledgeable with Slee Blackwell Solicitors, has beforehand stated he had seen an increase within the variety of canine chew claims in recent times.

Earlier this yr he advised MailOnline how he had greater than 180 shoppers and his inbox was ballooning with recent enquiries daily.

Mr McNally stated: ‘Among the worst accidents we’re seeing are by these beloved family pets; Collies, Jack Russells, Huskies. Any canine may cause damage at any time.

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 many mounts is believed to have suffered leg accidents and each are traumatised after the canine bit at their legs and physique

‘We have had a girl who misplaced the tip of her nostril, supply drivers lacking fingers. There are instances we’re coping with the place a toddler has been scalped by the canine and suffered severe facial accidents – they’re all horrible.

‘In lots of the instances we’re seeing, the way in which I see it’s that it is the household canine.

‘I feel the pandemic pet increase has in all probability contributed to the rising variety of canine bites, consultants have raised large considerations about pet farms and I feel lots of us are simply not conscious of this whole world of canine breeding.

‘Finally, it’s kind of of a Wild West on the market. We had the mistaken canine, being bred by the mistaken folks, going to the mistaken properties.

‘It is a recipe for catastrophe and was fuelling the hearth.’

The variety of canine assaults has prompted some to name for a revamp on the Harmful Canines Act 1991 – laws which noticed a blanket ban imposed on 4 particular ‘fighting-style’ breeds within the UK; the Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasiliero.

The act was launched 30 years in the past by Dwelling Secretary Kenneth Baker ‘to rid the nation of the menace of those preventing canine’ after a string of assaults.

Homeowners can get a vast positive or be despatched to jail for as much as six months if a canine is dangerously uncontrolled.

They is probably not allowed to personal a canine sooner or later and the canine could also be destroyed.

If homeowners let their canine injure somebody they are often despatched to jail for as much as 5 years or fined. In the event that they intentionally use a canine to injure somebody they could possibly be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.

And if they permit a canine to kill somebody they are often despatched to jail for as much as 14 years or get a vast positive.

Aggression in canine is nearly at all times a case of concern – utilizing their chew as a final resort technique of self-defence or to get a daunting or disagreeable expertise to cease.

Such fears can come up because of early years pet socialisation or previous experiences. 

Homeowners ought to have the ability to recognise and set up how a canine is feeling, with many giving off warning indicators earlier than an assault.

There are a number of indicators that canine can provide to point they’re apprehensive, fearful or feeling pressured and these embrace: yawning or licking lips, crouching with their tail between their legs, wagging tails and growling.

If a canine is exhibiting any indicators of aggression, a vet ought to be consulted to find out if there’s a medical trigger, akin to ache or discomfort. 

Failing that, talking to a behavioural knowledgeable may assist tame a extra aggressive animal.