Family of puppy killed by rottweiler at Frensham Pond don’t think justice has been done

September 14, 2018
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A bereaved family believe a rottweiler and its owner has been let off the hook after the dog killed their beloved puppy at Frensham Little Pond

Molly, a 15-week-old white and brown jackapoo puppy, died in a dog attack on July 21 this year.

The owners from Farnham said they, along with their nine-year-old son, watched as a rottweiler came charging out of nowhere and shook the jackapoo “like a toy”, crushing her skull within seconds.

The story was shared to thousands of people on Facebook and Surrey Live published a story on July 24 .

Just over a month after the incident, Surrey Police confirmed the rottweiler’s owner was interviewed on August 31 and received a “community resolution”. The rottweiler was issued a dog control order on September 2.

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The conditions of the dog control order are that the rottweiler must be muzzled and held on a secure lead at all times in a public place (including in a vehicle); the owner must inform the Dog Legislation Officer if they move; the dog must by covered by an acceptable animal insurance policy; and any garden area must be securely fenced.

If the owner does not comply with the order, the rottweiler could be seized, destroyed or the issue could be raised for consideration in a court hearing.

But the Farnham family who are still grieving for their beloved pup argue that the order is now pointless as the owner will be moving abroad.

Surrey Police has confirmed it was notified of this move.

Molly was attacked by a larger dog
(Image: Anthony Hewison)

The family said they are angry and do not feel that justice has been served and are considering a civil case against the rottweiler’s owner.

Earlier in September, they announced on Facebook that the “rottweiler and owner got away with killing poor puppy Molly”.

Anthony Hewison, 52, told Surrey Live : “They’ve given her a dog behaviour order. But because she’s not in the country anymore, the dog behaviour order doesn’t count.

“Police didn’t speak to any of the witnesses I’d given them.”

He continued:”We’re very angry. In our eyes, it hasn’t been resolved, it’s been brushed under the carpet.

Charmaine Hewison with Molly
(Image: Anthony Hewison)

“It’s like little Molly didn’t matter. It’s heartbreaking, but there’s not much we can do.

“We’ve lost all faith in Surrey Police because of this and the next time anything like this happens, I’m just going to deal with it myself – I told them that. I’m not going to tell police next time.”

“I’ve been speaking to my daughter about opening a JustGiving page about getting some justice for Molly. We would like to undertake a private case against her.”

The family are hoping to recover some of the costs incurred as a result of losing their 15-week-old puppy. This includes loss of earnings amounting to hundreds of pounds when Mr Hewison and his wife Charmaine were grieving, cremation fees, and the cost of having a new puppy.

The family have since welcome a new cockapoo puppy, Roxie to their home. Pictured here is Charmaine Hewison and her son Luke with Roxie
(Image: Surrey Advertiser)

Mr and Mrs Hewison were given a free puppy by a friend , but had to pay for vet fees.

Mr Hewison believes he and his wife have lost £1,000 altogether. The family also to give up on a holiday to Cornwall, which they had been saving for.

What Surrey Police have said

In response to the family’s claim that the dog control order is futile as the rottweiler’s owner will be moving abroad, a spokesman for Surrey Police clarified that the order is not legally binding and is used as a local resolution.

She also said that in this case, no victim agreement was required in the community resolution. A community resolution, according to police, is aimed at first time offenders where “genuine remorse has been expressed” and usually where the victim has agreed not to take more formal action”.

The family’s surviving jackapoo Tilly with the new puppy Roxie, a cockapoo
(Image: Surrey Advertiser)

The spokesman explained: “The owner of the dog attended a voluntary interview and co-operated with the investigation. There had been no previous reported incidents involving the Rottweiler or the suspect, and no humans have been injured, this is why the dog control measure was introduced.”

Responding to claims that officers did not speak to witnesses, the police spokesman said: ” The suspect raised that she had had a conversation with the owner of another dog that the family alleged the Rottweiler had attacked.

“No complaint was made by this dog owner. The suspect admitted the offence and therefore it was not proportionate to speak to all witnesses given that the outcome would be the same.”

She continued: “The owner had a full dog insurance policy taken out covering the Rottweiler, the details of which were passed on to the family. The matter of compensation is for the family to resolve themselves via either contacting the insurance company or civil court.

“We appreciate the impact this continues to have on the victim. If there are any concerns the family wish to raise they can contact the OIC.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/family-puppy-killed-rottweiler-frensham-15147006


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