'Dangerous' dog is just a big softy and plays with my children, says owner

Sutton Guardian: Prince with one of Ms Roots' children Prince with one of Ms Roots' children

A so-called dangerous dog that could be destroyed is just a big softy according to his owner.

Mum-of-five Zarina Roots' dog Prince was seized from her home Courtenay Road, Worcester Park, last week after reports that it chased a PCSO down the street.

 

Sutton Guardian:

Prince in a police kennel

Amid fears the animal may be a pit bull terrier, a breed banned in this country, it has been impounded by police and magistrates are due to decide on whether it should be destroyed.

But Ms Roots said Prince is "soppy" and is comfortable letting her children and toddlers play with him. She also said is not a pit bull and is a Staffordshire bull terrier/labrador cross and he was only trying to play with the police officer.

The 41-year-old said: "He's not dangerous, if he was I'd never let my children near him - I have a newborn as well.

"He's a softy, he's just soppy and placid. We have children and families round to our house for barbecues and he's absolutely fine. They pull him about and play with him and he's fine.

"It's awful that he's gone. My children, especially my 11-year-old, are distraught."

Prince was seized last Monday following complaints from neighbours that he had got into their gardens and an incident where he is said to have chased a PCSO who was doing door-to-door enquiries following a burglary - but Ms Roots said this was not the case.

She added: "The officers came to the door and my three-and-a-half year old must have opened the door because Prince ran out. The police officer stepped back but Prince thought it was a game. He ran to the end of the path but he tripped over.

"Prince didn't do anything other than bark and then I called him and he came away. He didn't try to attack him. He was just being playful."

Magistrates are set to make a decision on whether to destroy Prince at a date yet to be set.

 

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10:10am Mon 9 Dec 13

Mind the gap says...

And if the dog proves to be a banned breed what will happen to the owner. Nothing I suspect. He's a big softy, right up till the moment where the dog turns and attacks because he hasn't been exercised properly. Sounds like the typical type of person who owns one of these animals, stupid woman.
And if the dog proves to be a banned breed what will happen to the owner. Nothing I suspect. He's a big softy, right up till the moment where the dog turns and attacks because he hasn't been exercised properly. Sounds like the typical type of person who owns one of these animals, stupid woman. Mind the gap

11:32am Mon 9 Dec 13

Yaffle1 says...

From the pictures and reports of its behaviour there is no way I would want to be anywhere near this brutish looking animal. And of course, the owner would say that, wouldn't she.
From the pictures and reports of its behaviour there is no way I would want to be anywhere near this brutish looking animal. And of course, the owner would say that, wouldn't she. Yaffle1

12:25pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Wibbles says...

A chain and padlock around his neck? That really adds to the 'big softy' image!
A chain and padlock around his neck? That really adds to the 'big softy' image! Wibbles

1:36pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

A misunderstood cross between the Hound of the Baskervilles and Lassie, traumatises PCSO then rushes off to fetch help? I hope he is reahabbed and not killed.
A misunderstood cross between the Hound of the Baskervilles and Lassie, traumatises PCSO then rushes off to fetch help? I hope he is reahabbed and not killed. Michael Pantlin

5:37pm Mon 9 Dec 13

EwellMan says...

No animal can ever be fully trusted. I grew up with Dogs and whilst most were very trustworthy others were lovely until the odd day when they would snap and bite and i have the scars to prove.
No animal can ever be fully trusted. I grew up with Dogs and whilst most were very trustworthy others were lovely until the odd day when they would snap and bite and i have the scars to prove. EwellMan

6:36pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Ttruck says...

I don't even know why they put the owner's statements on here. Of course she is going to deny the dog's bad behavior, at the risk of her children's safety at that. It's sickening that people want to defend their dog over making sure their children are safe. By the way lady, a Staffordshire IS a pit bull, and taking pictures of your children hugging him doesn't prove anything. We all know they are sweet until they are not.
I don't even know why they put the owner's statements on here. Of course she is going to deny the dog's bad behavior, at the risk of her children's safety at that. It's sickening that people want to defend their dog over making sure their children are safe. By the way lady, a Staffordshire IS a pit bull, and taking pictures of your children hugging him doesn't prove anything. We all know they are sweet until they are not. Ttruck

12:33am Tue 10 Dec 13

Lisamariesmith says...

but the dog did not do any thing wrong. anyway the dog did not leave the garden. they can not put the dog down thats now pitt lol
but the dog did not do any thing wrong. anyway the dog did not leave the garden. they can not put the dog down thats now pitt lol Lisamariesmith

10:53am Tue 10 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Dogs, Foxes, Badgers, humans want everything killed except their own obnoxious species.
Dogs, Foxes, Badgers, humans want everything killed except their own obnoxious species. Michael Pantlin

11:45am Tue 10 Dec 13

renendbsl says...

The level of ignorance on here us astounding. Look up dog bite statistics. Maybe ull look differently at ur collies and spaniels. This dog has caused no harm and is another victim of a media led witch hunt
The level of ignorance on here us astounding. Look up dog bite statistics. Maybe ull look differently at ur collies and spaniels. This dog has caused no harm and is another victim of a media led witch hunt renendbsl

12:25pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Yaffle1 says...

renendbsl wrote:
The level of ignorance on here us astounding. Look up dog bite statistics. Maybe ull look differently at ur collies and spaniels. This dog has caused no harm and is another victim of a media led witch hunt
The dog has caused no harm! It chased a PCSO down the street. Would you like the PCSO to stand still next time in order to give this animal the chance to rip some flesh from her leg?
[quote][p][bold]renendbsl[/bold] wrote: The level of ignorance on here us astounding. Look up dog bite statistics. Maybe ull look differently at ur collies and spaniels. This dog has caused no harm and is another victim of a media led witch hunt[/p][/quote]The dog has caused no harm! It chased a PCSO down the street. Would you like the PCSO to stand still next time in order to give this animal the chance to rip some flesh from her leg? Yaffle1

5:25pm Tue 10 Dec 13

kingstonpaul says...

The dog even has its own gym equipment. Wouldn't want to let it anywhere me let alone any kids...
The dog even has its own gym equipment. Wouldn't want to let it anywhere me let alone any kids... kingstonpaul

10:40pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Baron Digger says...

Look into my eyes... Do I look like a crazy dog? We'll the photo of me and my little friend with his arms around my neck say it all.........lick
Look into my eyes... Do I look like a crazy dog? We'll the photo of me and my little friend with his arms around my neck say it all.........lick Baron Digger

10:24am Wed 11 Dec 13

Denbil says...

Frightened people exaggerate what they have seen. Where any of you there? Judgmental dictators!!! Staffordshire AREN'T PITTS!!! If you go on kennel club website, Staffordshire's are recommended as a familky pet, known as the " nanny dog" . Quick to judge without educating yourself. You lot have a worse attitude than most pitts and staffs!!!
Frightened people exaggerate what they have seen. Where any of you there? Judgmental dictators!!! Staffordshire AREN'T PITTS!!! If you go on kennel club website, Staffordshire's are recommended as a familky pet, known as the " nanny dog" . Quick to judge without educating yourself. You lot have a worse attitude than most pitts and staffs!!! Denbil

11:50am Thu 12 Dec 13

renendbsl says...

Yaffle1 wrote:
renendbsl wrote:
The level of ignorance on here us astounding. Look up dog bite statistics. Maybe ull look differently at ur collies and spaniels. This dog has caused no harm and is another victim of a media led witch hunt
The dog has caused no harm! It chased a PCSO down the street. Would you like the PCSO to stand still next time in order to give this animal the chance to rip some flesh from her leg?
Were u there to see it 'chase' the psco? No? Dogs give chase in play, u run, they chase, doesn't mean they're going to rip ur leg off. If it had been a lab or a poodle would the pcso have even run? Probably not but due to reports like this one describing bull breeds as beasts etc there is a distorted view which causes fear. It's breedism which is dangerous to dogs and people alike
[quote][p][bold]Yaffle1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]renendbsl[/bold] wrote: The level of ignorance on here us astounding. Look up dog bite statistics. Maybe ull look differently at ur collies and spaniels. This dog has caused no harm and is another victim of a media led witch hunt[/p][/quote]The dog has caused no harm! It chased a PCSO down the street. Would you like the PCSO to stand still next time in order to give this animal the chance to rip some flesh from her leg?[/p][/quote]Were u there to see it 'chase' the psco? No? Dogs give chase in play, u run, they chase, doesn't mean they're going to rip ur leg off. If it had been a lab or a poodle would the pcso have even run? Probably not but due to reports like this one describing bull breeds as beasts etc there is a distorted view which causes fear. It's breedism which is dangerous to dogs and people alike renendbsl

8:53am Mon 16 Dec 13

Cmgaston says...

Ignorant, ignorant people...... I shake my head in shame to call myself a human with all this stupidity around. Staffies are no more likely than any other breed to bite. There has been a story recently where a young boy had his face ravaged by a Labrador - YES, a LABRADOR! - which are seen as the sookiest breed of all! Goes to show that any dog has the capability of being dangerous. My own dog could one day decide he wants to bite me, but that's the risk I take being a dog owner. As for the officer "running away" from the dog... Did he even undergo basic police training?!?!? Everyone who has half a brain knows that dogs are evolved predatory animals so WILL CHASE if something is running from them! If he is even being truthful in his statement, which I HIGHLY doubt, he is discrediting himself as a police officer and making himself look like a total wimp. But then, of course, we can't forget the ever "truthful" MEDIA for jumping on this story like white on rice to sensationalise the fact that "another terrible, viscous pitbull has attacked!" Disgusting!!!!
Ignorant, ignorant people...... I shake my head in shame to call myself a human with all this stupidity around. Staffies are no more likely than any other breed to bite. There has been a story recently where a young boy had his face ravaged by a Labrador - YES, a LABRADOR! - which are seen as the sookiest breed of all! Goes to show that any dog has the capability of being dangerous. My own dog could one day decide he wants to bite me, but that's the risk I take being a dog owner. As for the officer "running away" from the dog... Did he even undergo basic police training?!?!? Everyone who has half a brain knows that dogs are evolved predatory animals so WILL CHASE if something is running from them! If he is even being truthful in his statement, which I HIGHLY doubt, he is discrediting himself as a police officer and making himself look like a total wimp. But then, of course, we can't forget the ever "truthful" MEDIA for jumping on this story like white on rice to sensationalise the fact that "another terrible, viscous pitbull has attacked!" Disgusting!!!! Cmgaston

2:31pm Mon 16 Dec 13

emelem says...

i don't know this particular dog (forget about breeds for a moment) so i can't say whether he's a softy that will snap at any moment. but i can tell you i've had more grief from silky and jack russell terriers than i ever have with any sort of staffie, pit or bull!

what i don't understand is the need for the chain and padlock. a friend of mine once kept a studded collar on his poodle. now that was funny! but this, well, it just adds to the negative image these dogs have and don't deserve in the first place. you're not helping his situation! if it's a matter of him being a strong dog and you connect it to a strong lead, get a harness. sorted. won't have the heavy weight on his neck anymore, either. bet you wouldn't find it very comfy....
i don't know this particular dog (forget about breeds for a moment) so i can't say whether he's a softy that will snap at any moment. but i can tell you i've had more grief from silky and jack russell terriers than i ever have with any sort of staffie, pit or bull! what i don't understand is the need for the chain and padlock. a friend of mine once kept a studded collar on his poodle. now that was funny! but this, well, it just adds to the negative image these dogs have and don't deserve in the first place. you're not helping his situation! if it's a matter of him being a strong dog and you connect it to a strong lead, get a harness. sorted. won't have the heavy weight on his neck anymore, either. bet you wouldn't find it very comfy.... emelem

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