Wapping Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) are investigating an incident on Thursday afternoon when one of two West Highland Terriers was attacked by another dog causing significant injuries.
It is understood nobody else was injured.
The owner of the two ‘Westies’ was taking the dogs for a walk on the green space next to the bus stop opposite the Health Centre in Wapping Lane when the attack happened.
During the attack the Westie suffered serious injuries which later required numerous stitches. It is believed it will make a full recovery.
Witnesses state that the dog that inflicted these injuries was not supervised in any way and the owner was nowhere to be seen during the attack.
The owner is believed to be a Wapping resident.
Meeting at Turks Head Cafe
Concerned Wapping dog owners are organising a meeting at the Turks Head Cafe on Monday 8th January at 7pm to ask for appropriate action.
It is hoped that Wapping SNT and our local councillors will be able to attend.
It is believed that the person who owns the dog that attacked the Westie has been the subject of no less than three different court injunctions since 2016 relating to other incidents involving both the dog and its owner’s behaviour.
It is understood these injunctions have now lapsed.
We personally know all the people and dogs involved in this incident but have not named them for legal reasons.
As a community we should also be careful not to rush to judgement until all the facts of the incident are known.
There are lots of lovely dogs in Wapping and the vast majority of their owners are sensible people who ensure their dog is always controlled when in a public space.
A tiny minority of dog owners, just one or two people, have no concern for the welfare of others or their own pets – let alone their own.
It is only fair that the authorities are asked to use the sanctions they have to prevent this dog and its owner from causing more harm.
Last Thursday a dog was mauled. Next time it could be a child who is savaged and the outcome much worse.
Don’t forget, come along to the residents meeting to discuss this attack at the Turks Head Cafe on Monday 8th January at 7pm.
Update Monday 8th January 2018
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It is worth pointing out that the ‘your weren’t born in here’ so you have no right to <insert pretty much behaviour whatsoever> comments are a little boring now so please stop.
This attitude is offensive to those people who were not born in east London but now live in Wapping or elsewhere in the borough and contribute as much as anyone who was.
One person says that ” I’m shocked at Mark Baynes not not [sic] publishing both sides of the story. It’s a complete defamation of character.”
Well it’s not. In the circumstances its as balanced as I could make it.
Firstly due to lack of time and resources I only try and get both sides of the story if there is a possibility that ‘the other side of the story’ will have some vague resemblance to the truth. That’s why I never bother asking Lutfur Rahman and his cronies for comment.
Secondly my primary role is to support and protect Wapping as a community – so the story stands as published.
Finally I was born just south of the river (St. Thomas’ hospital) so how on earth could any of my views be of any value?