Owner of killed pet 'disgraced' that a dangerous dog set free

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Owner of killed pet 'disgraced' that a dangerous dog set free

A pensioner from North London says it's a disgrace that a dog which mauled his dog Shaka to death last year has been returned to its owners following a court hearing last week.
 
Last July a Staffordshire Bull terrier killed Tony Cumberbatch’s 13-year-old Border collie and German Shepherd cross breed, in Clissold Park, Hackney.
 
The Staffy's owners face no further action, an outcome the 71-year-old says he "cannot believe."
 
He's since been given another dog called Ozzy and says he is now scared that this dog could also be targeted.
 
He told London Live:
 
 "The whole thing was a disgrace - a total shambles considering what I have been through. Their defence was that the boys who owned the dog were not there when it attacked so they could not be blamed.
 
"I had been told it was a cut and dry case. But it was so sad - I could not believe what was happening.
 
"It is like the victim becomes the accuser. I was shocked - I did not think I could lose the case. How can I be wrong?"
 
Legislation which governs 'dog on dog' attacks dates back to 1871 - and is not covered by the more recent dangerous dogs act.
 
The Met police say there's been a 20 per cent rise in the number of dangerous dogs seized in the last year.

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