Dog breaks boy's collar bone

Dion Mears with her sons Lenny and Aidan

Dion Mears with her sons Lenny and Aidan

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THE mother of an injured four-year-old boy says owners of large dogs pose a risk to families by keeping their dogs off the lead.

Aidan Mears was knocked over by a greyhound leaving him with a broken collarbone and concussion. He was with his mum and five-year-old brother Lenny at the time whilst on a walk through Lake Meadows in Billericay when the dog ran over and knocked Aidan to the floor. Young Aidan was left in a sling and is “extremely shook-up” according to his mum.

Dion Mears, from Bramble Tye in Noak Bridge, said she couldn’t believe dogs weren’t kept on a tighter leash and says her son could have been in a much worse shape.

Mrs Mears, 38, said she loves walking her children through the park but since Aidan was hurt she fears he will never be the same around animals again.

“It was quite scary to be honest and Aidan has been in a really bad way since it happened. The dog could have hurt Lenny as well. When such big dogs are let loose in the park occurrences like this are possible and unfortunately for me it was Aidan who got hurt. The dog was not aggressive in it’s attack but that only proves how unpredictable animals can be - it could just as easily have been a pensioner.”

Hugh Reynolds, manager of parks and ground maintenance, said: "There are no control orders enforcing the wearing of leads in the borough, however it is expected that dog owners exercise caution when walking their dogs. If a dog can not be recalled immediately then it should not be let off the lead, for the safety of the dog and the general public."

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3:25pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Chris Flunk says...

"The dog was not aggressive in it’s attack but that only proves how unpredictable animals can be - it could just as easily have been a pensioner.”

Do pensioners often attack toddlers?
"The dog was not aggressive in it’s attack but that only proves how unpredictable animals can be - it could just as easily have been a pensioner.” Do pensioners often attack toddlers? Chris Flunk
  • Score: 8

4:08pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Mr. Pedantic says...

What is a non-aggresive attack?
What is a non-aggresive attack? Mr. Pedantic
  • Score: 2

4:14pm Fri 12 Oct 12

bignosechaff says...

A friend of mine had a grey hound and used to let it run round a field and I can tell you at full run it was quite scary especially when it headed straight for you
A friend of mine had a grey hound and used to let it run round a field and I can tell you at full run it was quite scary especially when it headed straight for you bignosechaff
  • Score: 3

4:17pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Mr. Pedantic says...

bignosechaff wrote:
A friend of mine had a grey hound and used to let it run round a field and I can tell you at full run it was quite scary especially when it headed straight for you
Was it a Weimeraner?
[quote][p][bold]bignosechaff[/bold] wrote: A friend of mine had a grey hound and used to let it run round a field and I can tell you at full run it was quite scary especially when it headed straight for you[/p][/quote]Was it a Weimeraner? Mr. Pedantic
  • Score: -1

4:53pm Fri 12 Oct 12

emcee says...

Any dog should be kept on a lead at all times (preferably with a muzzle) especially when there are other dogs and people around. As we can see here, even though the greyhound was probably a very friendly animal and only enjoying a run about, the owner was clearly not in control and should have shown more responsibility in an area where there are clearly small children and other vunerable people/animals.
Any dog should be kept on a lead at all times (preferably with a muzzle) especially when there are other dogs and people around. As we can see here, even though the greyhound was probably a very friendly animal and only enjoying a run about, the owner was clearly not in control and should have shown more responsibility in an area where there are clearly small children and other vunerable people/animals. emcee
  • Score: 1

5:12pm Fri 12 Oct 12

mrs m boone says...

emcee wrote:
Any dog should be kept on a lead at all times (preferably with a muzzle) especially when there are other dogs and people around. As we can see here, even though the greyhound was probably a very friendly animal and only enjoying a run about, the owner was clearly not in control and should have shown more responsibility in an area where there are clearly small children and other vunerable people/animals.
well maybe there should be safe area's for kids to play then,either that or all the wasted land around put proper area's for dogs to have a good run, a child free area,put 4 off these in each town there would not be a problem.and people are the one's that need a muzzle and kept on leads,the dogs are not a problem the owner of the dog must have felt awlful for what had happened to this child,could have been worse with the amount of dog attacks going on
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Any dog should be kept on a lead at all times (preferably with a muzzle) especially when there are other dogs and people around. As we can see here, even though the greyhound was probably a very friendly animal and only enjoying a run about, the owner was clearly not in control and should have shown more responsibility in an area where there are clearly small children and other vunerable people/animals.[/p][/quote]well maybe there should be safe area's for kids to play then,either that or all the wasted land around put proper area's for dogs to have a good run, a child free area,put 4 off these in each town there would not be a problem.and people are the one's that need a muzzle and kept on leads,the dogs are not a problem the owner of the dog must have felt awlful for what had happened to this child,could have been worse with the amount of dog attacks going on mrs m boone
  • Score: 0

7:52pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Almeda11 says...

Chris Flunk wrote:
"The dog was not aggressive in it’s attack but that only proves how unpredictable animals can be - it could just as easily have been a pensioner.” Do pensioners often attack toddlers?
l think what the article wae trying to say was that the DOG could equally have attacked a pensioner, or am l missing your humour here, probably!
[quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: "The dog was not aggressive in it’s attack but that only proves how unpredictable animals can be - it could just as easily have been a pensioner.” Do pensioners often attack toddlers?[/p][/quote]l think what the article wae trying to say was that the DOG could equally have attacked a pensioner, or am l missing your humour here, probably! Almeda11
  • Score: 2

7:41am Sat 13 Oct 12

SpaffSpiff84 says...

Ive heard it all now, a greyhound is not a large dog, they weigh about 3 stone, "not aggresive" meaning it bumped into him, didnt go for him or try to attack him, im sorry the kid got hurt but why does everybody blame dogs for everything? Its pathetic, accidents happen
Ive heard it all now, a greyhound is not a large dog, they weigh about 3 stone, "not aggresive" meaning it bumped into him, didnt go for him or try to attack him, im sorry the kid got hurt but why does everybody blame dogs for everything? Its pathetic, accidents happen SpaffSpiff84
  • Score: 4

9:38am Sat 13 Oct 12

Major Incident says...

Okay Mrs Mears you and your boys have had your 15 minutes of fame but I think it was a bit cruel to hit his shoulder and make him cry just as the picture was taken. Now move over for the Echo's next non-news sensationalised poor excuse for a local story. How about letting us know if the dog is alright - minding it's own business enjoying the park when some kids gets in the way and ruins the whole day!
Okay Mrs Mears you and your boys have had your 15 minutes of fame but I think it was a bit cruel to hit his shoulder and make him cry just as the picture was taken. Now move over for the Echo's next non-news sensationalised poor excuse for a local story. How about letting us know if the dog is alright - minding it's own business enjoying the park when some kids gets in the way and ruins the whole day! Major Incident
  • Score: 1

11:05am Sat 13 Oct 12

iknoweverything says...

dog did not break the kids collar bone - the kid falling over broke his collar bone. quite a misleading article title.
dog did not break the kids collar bone - the kid falling over broke his collar bone. quite a misleading article title. iknoweverything
  • Score: -1

9:04pm Sat 13 Oct 12

cgb says...

Big dog?? Was she looking through a magnifying glass??
This is called an accident. The child could have easily fallen over all on their own without any dog being involved. What a rubbish non-story
Big dog?? Was she looking through a magnifying glass?? This is called an accident. The child could have easily fallen over all on their own without any dog being involved. What a rubbish non-story cgb
  • Score: 0

9:25pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Lesley says...

I expect a greyhound is big when you're four years old.
I expect a greyhound is big when you're four years old. Lesley
  • Score: 2

9:38pm Sat 13 Oct 12

beaulocks says...

bignosechaff wrote:
A friend of mine had a grey hound and used to let it run round a field and I can tell you at full run it was quite scary especially when it headed straight for you
Is that is because you have big ears and look like a rabbit?
[quote][p][bold]bignosechaff[/bold] wrote: A friend of mine had a grey hound and used to let it run round a field and I can tell you at full run it was quite scary especially when it headed straight for you[/p][/quote]Is that is because you have big ears and look like a rabbit? beaulocks
  • Score: -1

9:38pm Sat 13 Oct 12

beaulocks says...

bignosechaff wrote:
A friend of mine had a grey hound and used to let it run round a field and I can tell you at full run it was quite scary especially when it headed straight for you
Is that is because you have big ears and look like a rabbit?
[quote][p][bold]bignosechaff[/bold] wrote: A friend of mine had a grey hound and used to let it run round a field and I can tell you at full run it was quite scary especially when it headed straight for you[/p][/quote]Is that is because you have big ears and look like a rabbit? beaulocks
  • Score: 2

5:23pm Sun 14 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

that Lake Meadows is a dangerous place, the quicker the Council sell it off for housing development, the better....
that Lake Meadows is a dangerous place, the quicker the Council sell it off for housing development, the better.... Eric Whim
  • Score: 0

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