Attack prompts calls to keep dogs on leads in King’s Lynn park

Jean Tuck of King's Lynn loses both her dogs after savage attack in King's Lynn walks. ANL-150212-200154009
Jean Tuck of King's Lynn loses both her dogs after savage attack in King's Lynn walks. ANL-150212-200154009
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The deaths of two Chihuahuas who were savaged by a pack of Staffordshire Bull Terriers have prompted calls for dogs to be kept on their leads in a Lynn park.

Jean Tuck, 83, was bitten as she tried to save her beloved pets Phoebe and Podge after they were set upon by the four dogs in the Walks on Tuesday.

Phoebe was killed instantly, but a bystander managed to grab Podge and ran with him to the vets in London Road in an attempt to save him.

Mrs Tuck and her husband Jim are now coming to terms with the loss of their beloved pets, who they rescued six years ago.

Their daughter, Lynda Saint, said her faith in humanity was restored thanks to the kindness of bystanders and the police who went to the scene.

But she has also suggested that dogs are now kept on their leads in The Walks.

Mrs Saint said: “It seems to me there has to be a time between 8am and 6pm when dogs should not be allowed off the leads in The Walks.

“It is bad enough that this has happened to my 83-year-old mother but what if it had been a mother with a toddler and a dog?

“I am struggling to blame the dogs. Any dog given the right circumstances will behave like that so you don’t give them the circumstances.

“I am angry my mum has been put through this.

Mrs Tuck, Phoebe and Podge were well-known among the community of dog walkers who use the park.

On Tuesday, at midday, Mrs Tuck had been chatting to a friend, near the Hospital Walk entrance, with Podge and Phoebe on the lead when they were attacked.

Mrs Tuck tried to rescue the dogs but was bitten on the heel during the assault. She was not injured.

Mrs Saint said: “She has been amazing but is incredibly upset as is my father.

“The police have been outstanding. The duty sergeant came around here to bury the dogs for my parents.

“Mum has had cards and flowers. Everyone has been amazing and my parents have been well supported. Lynn is a very supportive town.”

Police have arrested a man and woman, both in their 40s, in connection with the incident.

They have been bailed until January 15. The dogs are being boarded at kennels during the investigation.

Anyone with information on the attack should call Sgt Trevor Smith at Lynn Police Station on the 101 number or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.