SOME dog owners in Arbroath are taking sprays and walking sticks with them on walks with their pets to fend off any potential attacks by other dogs, according to an animal charity.
But Help for Abandoned Animals say they are doing all they can to try and find a solution to the problem of dangerous dogs that are attacking other animals.
There has been a spate of attacks by terrier type dogs on other breeds and just last week a farmer in Inverkeilor lost six sheep after they were attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier.
Ian Robb from Help for Abandoned Animals has already taken a campaign for tighter controls on dogs such as staffies to the Scottish Parliament and now he is involved in talks with Angus Council and Tayside Police on the issue.
And he hopes they can come up with a way of lowering the number of dog attacks so people feel safe to walk their family pets in local parks.
He told the Herald: “I have been approached by people walking their small family dog and taking different sprays and walking sticks with them because they just feel uncomfortable about other dogs.
“It is a concerning time for both us as a charity and in the community and I would like to reassure people that we are working hard to try and do the right thing to tackle this bad problem.
“The latest legislation says that owners are now totally responsible for their dog’s behaviour and people need to realise this.”
At the end of this month Mr Robb will be travelling to Holyrood once again to lobby the Scottish government to do something to reduce the overbreeding and abandonment of staffies.
And even though this will be a slow process he is confident strides can be made overhauling the reputation of the staffie breed.
He added: “We need to get something done about the overbreeding and abandonment of Staffordshire bull terriers as a lot of people have a lot of concerns.
“Myself and the charity are very passionate about this but we just need to be patient.”