Beach walk set to be held in memory of dog mauled to death
A WOMAN whose beloved pet dachshund died after it was viciously attacked by three other dogs on Crosby beach has organised ‘memorial walks’ to raise awareness of her battle to persuade law-makers to bring in tougher punishments for owners of out-of-control dogs.
The Champion reported in June last year how Carol Hartnell was left devastated when her nine-year-old pet, Jeffrey, was mauled to death by two lurchers and a Shar Pei.
Justice for Jeffrey Memorial Walks will be held on Sunday, June 30, at a number of different locations in memory of Jeffrey, including Crosby beach, with Carol claiming others will take place across the UK, and even America after getting the word out on social media.
She started a petition calling for harsher punishments for people whose dogs are dangerously out of control in public, and she hopes the walks will help add more to the 72,000 backers of the petition to reach 100,000 needed to have a debate in Parliament.
Carol, who lives in North Wales, said: “Twelve months on since Jeffrey was torn apart in front of me, I still cry every day. I have to live with the trauma of those memories for the rest of my life and I’ll never stop fighting for justice.
“We need 100,000 signatures on our petition for it to be considered by Parliament, which is why the memorial walks are so important in highlighting our cause. More than 6,000 dog owners are expected to take part here in the UK, as well as in the United States. This is about unity, remembrance and positive action; the support I have received from the worldwide dachshund community has been above and beyond.”
Following the attack last year, Michael Waters, 31, of Grasmere Street, Anfield, was banned from keeping a dog for three years by magistrates.
Carol said the sentence shows the law must change and wants stricter punishments for owners in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.
She added: “I get messages every week from desperate owners whose dogs have been attacked; they don’t know how to report it or how to get justice.
“I’m glad to help as many people as I can, but it feels bittersweet because every incident is a constant reminder of what I’ve lost.
“My saving grace is Stanley – the dachshund pup I adopted last July. It takes every ounce of courage I have to walk with him on Crosby beach, but the two of us will do it for Jeffrey’s memorial walk.”
For a full list of Justice for Jeffrey Memorial Walks visit www.facebook.com/justiceforjeffreyofficial.