Take note of dangers of dog walking

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I read the letter from Trevor Weatherill of Cragg Vale published last month and I am in total agreement with him.

Please let me quote from a recently published article, this is an abbreviated extract “Over a two month period, doctors at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, East Sussex noticed 37 cases of patients needing treatment for broken bones, soft tissue injuries and head wounds caused by dogs - which would add up to more than 200 injuries a year.

Most were pulled over by their dog while it was on a lead, while others tripped, fell over leads or were knocked over by their pets. Sixteen of them needed surgery as a result.

The new study, published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, looks at how many injuries, other than bites, dogs cause.

Previous research has shown that owning a dog can reduce the risk of depression and eczema, lower blood pressure and combat obesity.

Dr Henry Willmott from the Conquest Hospital told the Daily Mail: “We have shown that dog-related injuries are common, particularly in the elderly.

Elderly women walking their dog on uneven ground were most at risk of injury. Some of the injuries were serious and resulted in considerable morbidity.”

Can I implore Calderdale Council to at least look at this before they launch themselves into action which is both unwise and unnecessary

Lizzie Catchpole

Halifax