Fox attack as Mandy Aylett walks her dog in Queen Mary's Park, Carshalton

Sutton Guardian: Fox attack as Mandy Aylett walks her dog in Queen Mary's Park, Carshalton Fox attack as Mandy Aylett walks her dog in Queen Mary's Park, Carshalton

The urban fox debate has been reignited after an unprovoked attack by one of the animals left a dog with a cut face and a woman afraid to go walking in her local park.

The fox jumped out on Mandy Aylett as she walked with her beagle Labrador cross called Rey in Queen Mary's Park, Carshalton, and tried to bite her before attacking her pet.

The 45-year-old dental nurse screamed, scaring the animal away.

The incident, has led to Mrs Aylett thinking twice before she visits the park, near her home in Pine Ridge, and has caused Rey to be nervous around other dogs.

Mrs Aylett said: "I went for an early walk with the dog. We were in a wooded part of the field and I could see a couple of little foxes, they weren't cubs but they were quite small, on my left and then, from my right, a larger one came out and went for my leg. My dog flared its teeth at the fox but then it bit him.

"I screamed loudly and the fox scarpered.

"It's only in the last couple of days that I've been back up there. It was a frightening experience. Rey's doing well but he's a bit more timid around other dogs when they come up to him now."

The attack follows an incident in which four-month old Dennie Dolan had his finger bitten off by a fox after it got into his Downham home and pulled him from his cot.

The incident led to calls for a cull on foxes although Sutton Council said it would favour people making sure the animals do not have access to food near their homes.

Mrs Aylett added: "I definitely think there is a problem with foxes. This fox would not have seen any threat from us.

"We have a lot of foxes round here. They just brazenly sit there and watch you. As I walk home from work it's not unusual to see two or three of them. You used to only see them at night but I see them at all times of day now."

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6:53pm Wed 20 Feb 13

jaded1 says...

Foxes today!
Foxes today! jaded1
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6:53pm Wed 20 Feb 13

jaded1 says...

Foxes today!
Foxes today! jaded1
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12:07am Fri 22 Feb 13

justbeinghonest says...

I`d say she is lying.
I`d say she is lying. justbeinghonest
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5:56pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Just being honest too says...

What would be the point of lying, you obviously don't live in area that has problems with foxes!
What would be the point of lying, you obviously don't live in area that has problems with foxes! Just being honest too
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10:08am Sat 23 Feb 13

Just being honest too says...

justbeinghonest wrote:
I`d say she is lying.
Just being honest too says...
5:56pm Fri 22 Feb 13

What would be the point of lying, you obviously don't live in area that has problems with foxes!
[quote][p][bold]justbeinghonest[/bold] wrote: I`d say she is lying.[/p][/quote]Just being honest too says... 5:56pm Fri 22 Feb 13 What would be the point of lying, you obviously don't live in area that has problems with foxes! Just being honest too
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10:04am Mon 25 Feb 13

sfocata says...

"Lying" is a strong word... honest mistake, perhaps? Could have been another domestic dog, and she simply saw the foxes nearby and put 2 and 2 together. Stuff happens in a flash, and you might not see everything clearly.

But then, there are clearly some people trying to create a negative media angle on urban foxes... several of these stories have been doing the rounds just lately. And look at the photos... where's the cut on the dog's face? All I see is a happy woman walking a happy dog.
"Lying" is a strong word... honest mistake, perhaps? Could have been another domestic dog, and she simply saw the foxes nearby and put 2 and 2 together. Stuff happens in a flash, and you might not see everything clearly. But then, there are clearly some people trying to create a negative media angle on urban foxes... several of these stories have been doing the rounds just lately. And look at the photos... where's the cut on the dog's face? All I see is a happy woman walking a happy dog. sfocata
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1:43pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Just being honest too says...

sfocata wrote:
"Lying" is a strong word... honest mistake, perhaps? Could have been another domestic dog, and she simply saw the foxes nearby and put 2 and 2 together. Stuff happens in a flash, and you might not see everything clearly.

But then, there are clearly some people trying to create a negative media angle on urban foxes... several of these stories have been doing the rounds just lately. And look at the photos... where's the cut on the dog's face? All I see is a happy woman walking a happy dog.
The incident happened over a month ago during the first fall of snow! So lack of cut to the dogs face in the pictures, is due to a month of healing. The Guardian quoted that Rey was bitten, he was actually swiped across the face by the fox, causing a cut just above the eye. If you notice in the beginning of the article, it says cut and not bite. On leaving the park that morning there were two dog walkers entering the park, who were informed of what had happened, when they noticed the cut to Rey's eye. Unfortunately the press have to make reading of an article more exciting.
[quote][p][bold]sfocata[/bold] wrote: "Lying" is a strong word... honest mistake, perhaps? Could have been another domestic dog, and she simply saw the foxes nearby and put 2 and 2 together. Stuff happens in a flash, and you might not see everything clearly. But then, there are clearly some people trying to create a negative media angle on urban foxes... several of these stories have been doing the rounds just lately. And look at the photos... where's the cut on the dog's face? All I see is a happy woman walking a happy dog.[/p][/quote]The incident happened over a month ago during the first fall of snow! So lack of cut to the dogs face in the pictures, is due to a month of healing. The Guardian quoted that Rey was bitten, he was actually swiped across the face by the fox, causing a cut just above the eye. If you notice in the beginning of the article, it says cut and not bite. On leaving the park that morning there were two dog walkers entering the park, who were informed of what had happened, when they noticed the cut to Rey's eye. Unfortunately the press have to make reading of an article more exciting. Just being honest too
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