COUNCIL workers refused to collect an escaped dangerous breed dog because it ‘wasn’t tied up’, it is claimed.
And the dog, an Akita Inu, chased a resident on Upper Quarry Road in Bradley – the morning after he had reported the animal loose.
The resident had called the Kirklees Council dog warden service after spotting the large dog dragging at 10ft chain along his cul-de-sac in the evening on November 15
But the warden service told the resident that it could not collect the Akita unless the dog was tethered so that it would definitely remain there until a warden arrived to take it away.
The following morning the resident – who does not want to be named – walked from his house towards his pick-up truck on his way to work when he spotted the same dog.
The dog then ran towards him and he fled in fear back into his house.
The Akita is a type of dog originally bred in Japan for hunting.
The breed, where a male dog can weigh up to 8st 7lbs, has a reputation for attacking strangers and other dogs.
In August, an Akita attacked a 13-year-old boy in Jubilee Park, Cowlersley, leaving him with bleeding on the ground with serious puncture wounds.
Following the attack an investigating police officer was also put in hospital by the out-of-control dog.
Five months ago a 16-week-old Shih Tzu dog was mauled by an Akita on Crossley Lane, Mirfield.
The Bradley resident said about the stray dog reported this week: “We told the council we couldn’t go out until the dog was secured.
“They said unless we could guarantee the dog would be there when they got there they wouldn’t come out.
“I thought: ‘Fair enough. Forget it.’
“Monday morning I came out the back gate and the dog was beside my vehicle. I legged it back into the house.
“The kids were going to school in half-an-hour.
“The council didn’t even ask me where the dog was.
“Kirklees wouldn’t come out unless it was tied up. So do they want me to go and tie it up?
“I used to have a Rottweiler. I had that dog for 11 years and I wouldn’t trust it an inch. The Akita was the size of a Rottweiler.”
A council spokesperson said: “The exact nature of this incident is unclear but we are visiting a local dog owner to investigate further.
“It would be usual for the wardens to ask that a found dog be kept secure to enable it to be collected quickly rather than pursue it around the street.”