‘Council must catch killer dog on loose’

Jennifer Milnes of Fleetwood whose greyhound Ash died eight weeks ago after it sustained injuries during a vicious attack by another dog on Fleetwood beach.
Jennifer Milnes of Fleetwood whose greyhound Ash died eight weeks ago after it sustained injuries during a vicious attack by another dog on Fleetwood beach.

A DISTRAUGHT woman is calling on the council to do more to assist her fight for justice after her dog was killed in a vicious attack.

Jennifer Milnes, 63, from Greenfield Road, Fleetwood, has met with Wyre council several times since her greyhound Ash was attacked on Fleetwood beach eight weeks ago.

But the council informed Mrs Milnes they would need more than just the pensioner’s account of events to take the dog off the streets, and asked her to produce more evidence so they could take action. Mrs Milnes has since collaborated with two witnesses who volunteered evidence to animal welfare officers, and met with Michael Ryan, the Director of People and Places at Wyre council. But Mrs Milnes claims none of the additional information has been looked into and the council have tried to close her case at every possible opportunity.

She told the Weekly News: “I have had three meetings with council officials, including Mr Ryan, who promised the investigation would be actively pursued, but as far as I am aware they have done nothing since. I feel they are not taking this matter seriously even though there is clearly a dangerous dog still out there that could kill another dog or attack a child.

“They have shown no regard for me or indeed the people of Fleetwood. They just do not care. Why have the council let us all down so badly?”

Lucille Cavadino originally rescued Ash when she worked for Greyhound Rescue West of England and has supported Mrs Milnes in every step of her battle with the council. She told the Weekly News: “There is no question Mrs Milnes has been deeply let down by the council. We have done everything we have been asked to do and have done it to the best of our knowledge, but the dog is still out there and could kill. We are at a loss to why they are dragging their feet and why they are not helping the people of Fleetwood. They are letting the community down.”

A spokeswoman for Wyre council said: “The council is taking this case seriously and will continue to do all we possibly can in the absence of solid evidence.

“Our next step will be talking to the two people who have been put forward as potential witnesses and will update Mrs Milnes later this week.”