Cops lock up Chow Chow pup Bungle for nipping officer's hand; social media erupts in outrage
The pupper is facing up to nine months in custody after being seized by authorities, which has triggered massive outrage and anger towards the police
Fuming animal lovers have demanded the immediate release of a Chow Chow pup called Bungle. The little four-month-old pup was arrested under the 'Dangerous Dogs Act' by the police after he 'nipped' an officer's hand.
The pupper is facing up to nine months in custody after being seized by authorities, which has triggered massive outrage and anger towards the police. The pup had been dragged out from under a lorry where it was hiding after escaping from its owners' home in Northamptonshire. Many people have joined the 'Free Bungle' campaign online and have slammed the "callous and heavy-handed" police and wardens.
A petition has already gathered around 3,600 signatures. Experts have also added their input and shared that the puppy was very likely to have been "frightened and teething" and time away from his family could have permanently affected his temperament. Many people have also called out the authorities claiming that "taxpayers' money is being used to lock Bungle up" and that "humans get less for worse offenses".
However, the police are attempting to defend their decision by saying that the public reaction would have been very different had the pup bitten a child or caused an accident as the officer tried to restrain it. Over 4,400 supporters have joined the Facebook group and are calling for the release of Bungle.
The dog's owner David Hayes shared that his son Joseph broke down at school and had to be pulled out of his classes when he heard that his dog had run away. The family gardener said that Bungle has been shifted to another kennel and the police "will not give the address to the family". As reported by The Sun, David and his wife Susan have asked their lawyers to look closely into the matter.
One neighbor said, "It's absolutely horrible. It's totally been blown out of proportion. The police should be worrying about more important things. [Bungle] is a cute little thing, when you see it you just want to pick it and give a big cuddle. They've got electric gates and I guess when it was opened, the dog saw an opportunity and ran. He was found later under a van and was scared — so had a little nip at the officer — but I've heard it wasn't serious."
The neighbor continued: "It's upsetting knowing that the family could be without their dog on Christmas — that's the time when you most feel it. I've not heard anything about when they are going to get it back. But keeping the poor thing locked away can't be good. It will affect the dog terribly in the long-term. I hope it will be overturned soon and Bungle can come back to his home."
Hayes took to the Facebook group to share, "We are massively regretful that Bungle was able to sneak out of our gates, and especially that a police officer was injured while on duty trying to resolve the situation. We feel hugely comforted though that it is not just us that feels the outcome of this accident is grossly draconian and disproportionate. We are, as ever, respectful of the police doing their job and understand that, given very sad and unacceptable outcomes of some prior dog attack cases, the treatment of any incident needs to be taken seriously."
However, the inflexibility of this 'zero tolerance' stance seems poorly thought through. Keeping a young puppy, that has not done anything unexpected or unacceptable in the circumstances, from a 15-year-old boy over Christmas seems callous," he continued.
A police chief inspector shared that the dog held up traffic while the officer was trying to catch it but was nipped by the frightened puppy. An inspector shared, "The officer was not seriously hurt but attended hospital for precautionary checks, antibiotics, and tetanus vaccination. I am sure we would have had significantly more public anger had the dog bitten a child rather than a police officer or if it had caused a serious accident on a busy road."