'Justice for Jack' campaign launched by Borehamwood mother Charlotte Martin, after Jack Russell is mauled to death

'Muzzles are not a big ask, it is a matter of public safety', says mother after puppy mauled to death

Miss Martin, next to Jack's memorial built by her neighbour

The 16-week-old puppy was mauled by another dog, who had never had a history of violence

First published in News Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A mother whose puppy was killed by another dog has started a campaign to make muzzles compulsory.

Charlotte Martin decided to launch the campaign after her 16-week-old Jack Russell, Jack, was mauled to death in front of her four-year-old daughter an unprovoked attack last Thursday.

The Facebook campaign, called “Justice for Jack”, has already attracted 2,000 members in just over 48 hours.

The 24-year-old said: “Every dog of every breed, size and weight should be muzzled when they are out in public.

“Some dogs are lovely natured but every dog has a breaking point. The dog that killed Jack had never had a history of violence.

“Muzzles are not a big ask, it is a matter of public safety. I could be sat here grieving my daughter, if I had not pulled her away.”

“Something needs to change.”

The puppy had been bought as a present for her daughter, Lillie-Anne, just a month before.

The youngster has taken comfort in knowing he is “in the stars with angels” and enjoys visiting a memorial for Jack built by a neighbour.

She added: “Seeing Jack die was horrible.

“Lillie-Anne and I had just taken him out for his morning walk when the dog ran over, picked him up and started shaking him, then slammed him to the floor.

“There was blood everywhere. I had to stand and watch, powerless, as my puppy squealed in pain.

“The dog’s owner was mortified too. They suffered like I did so I do not blame them at all for what happened.”

The other dog was put down the same day, and Jack died of his injuries at Medivet’s in Shenley Road, after they opened the practice an hour early in a bid to save him.

Miss Martin, who works in Argos, now plans to go national with her plight by speaking to MPs and councillors.

 

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9:36am Fri 7 Sep 12

miss.2np says...

I am sorry to hear the pain and trauma your family has been through however to ask ALL DOGS to be muzzled however the vast majority of dog owners are responsible like myself and if i MUZZLE my dog in public who enjoys going after a tennis balls it takes out all the enjoyment I would be happy to muzzle him in kid friendly parks.
There is no such thing as a dangerous dog - its dangerous owner. A lot of people don't have the knowledge to bring up a dog and understand rules.
Borehamwood can make public areas that dogs are kept on leads however open space they can roam free.
I am sorry to hear the pain and trauma your family has been through however to ask ALL DOGS to be muzzled however the vast majority of dog owners are responsible like myself and if i MUZZLE my dog in public who enjoys going after a tennis balls it takes out all the enjoyment I would be happy to muzzle him in kid friendly parks. There is no such thing as a dangerous dog - its dangerous owner. A lot of people don't have the knowledge to bring up a dog and understand rules. Borehamwood can make public areas that dogs are kept on leads however open space they can roam free. miss.2np
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9:36am Fri 7 Sep 12

evilarty says...

I am so sorry that you and your daughter had to experience such a horrible situation. However, to make such a sweeping generalisation that all dogs should be muzzled when out in public is wrong. I walk my dog twice a day and usually walk with other people. Most mornings I am with about three to four other people - totalling 5 or so dogs. We can meet other groups and there can be over 10 dogs - all of which play happily together. There are dobermans, rottweilers, collies, jack russells and even toy yorkies... The size difference is vast - but they all play together with no problems.

There are of course some dogs that need to be kept on a lead and others that have to be muzzled, but to muzzle ALL dogs is way over the top.

My dog (a jack russell border collie cross) enjoys playing with his ball while we are out walking, if he is muzzled, how is he supposed to release all his pent up energy?
I am so sorry that you and your daughter had to experience such a horrible situation. However, to make such a sweeping generalisation that all dogs should be muzzled when out in public is wrong. I walk my dog twice a day and usually walk with other people. Most mornings I am with about three to four other people - totalling 5 or so dogs. We can meet other groups and there can be over 10 dogs - all of which play happily together. There are dobermans, rottweilers, collies, jack russells and even toy yorkies... The size difference is vast - but they all play together with no problems. There are of course some dogs that need to be kept on a lead and others that have to be muzzled, but to muzzle ALL dogs is way over the top. My dog (a jack russell border collie cross) enjoys playing with his ball while we are out walking, if he is muzzled, how is he supposed to release all his pent up energy? evilarty
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12:47pm Fri 7 Sep 12

mr.taxpayer says...

Jack Russels are amongst the most vicious dogs out there.

I wouldn't be suprised if the girl's dog started on the 'attacking' dog in the first place.

Not that I'm saying it deserved it, that is obviously not right, BUT there is two sides to every story.

As for the muzzling every dog, that would never work, plus it is cruel to force a dogs mouth to be closed all the time, especially if it is running about excersising... They need to release their tongues to lower their body temperatures.
Jack Russels are amongst the most vicious dogs out there. I wouldn't be suprised if the girl's dog started on the 'attacking' dog in the first place. Not that I'm saying it deserved it, that is obviously not right, BUT there is two sides to every story. As for the muzzling every dog, that would never work, plus it is cruel to force a dogs mouth to be closed all the time, especially if it is running about excersising... They need to release their tongues to lower their body temperatures. mr.taxpayer
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12:54pm Fri 7 Sep 12

pressy says...

So sorry to hear this and my sympathy goes out to the familes involved. Where did this attack take place?
So sorry to hear this and my sympathy goes out to the familes involved. Where did this attack take place? pressy
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10:53am Sat 8 Sep 12

Sunny321 says...

I'm sorry about what happened to your puppy. I am an animal lover and have two lovely natured boxers. However, as a responsible dog ower that wants the best for my dogs, to ask me to muzzle them in public is totally unreasonable. They love to run and play fetch, and as such they need to be able to pant to regulate their body temperature. It is cruel to deny them this basic function.

My dogs often get snapped at by smaller dogs, including jack russells but they NEVER snap back. Did your dog have a muzzle on? Will you muzzle if you buy another dog? I suspect not.

I was invited to join your group on Facebook, which i found to be quite insulting to the responsible dog owner. I will not muzzle my dogs.
I'm sorry about what happened to your puppy. I am an animal lover and have two lovely natured boxers. However, as a responsible dog ower that wants the best for my dogs, to ask me to muzzle them in public is totally unreasonable. They love to run and play fetch, and as such they need to be able to pant to regulate their body temperature. It is cruel to deny them this basic function. My dogs often get snapped at by smaller dogs, including jack russells but they NEVER snap back. Did your dog have a muzzle on? Will you muzzle if you buy another dog? I suspect not. I was invited to join your group on Facebook, which i found to be quite insulting to the responsible dog owner. I will not muzzle my dogs. Sunny321
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2:20pm Wed 26 Sep 12

BorehamwoodsVoice says...

Can't find her facebook group anywhere
Can't find her facebook group anywhere BorehamwoodsVoice
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10:45pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Relco72 says...

To muzzel every dog is just plain bloody stupid.
Jack russels are fiesty gobby little dogs, I know this because Ive grown up with them around since I was a small child.
Horrific story to read it must have been soul destroying to witness, but get a grip woman.
To muzzel every dog is just plain bloody stupid. Jack russels are fiesty gobby little dogs, I know this because Ive grown up with them around since I was a small child. Horrific story to read it must have been soul destroying to witness, but get a grip woman. Relco72
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