Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I've Got More Worries about My Kids Hurting the Dogs; My Pets Would Never Bite, Says Mum with 4 Akitas and 3 Children

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I've Got More Worries about My Kids Hurting the Dogs; My Pets Would Never Bite, Says Mum with 4 Akitas and 3 Children

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Byline: By JOHN SUTTON and KAREN FAUGHEY

A MOTHER-OF-THREE has sprung to the defence of a notorious breed of dog - saying they make perfect family pets.

Donna Roles has four Japanese Akitas and has no qualms about leaving them with her 11-month-old baby.

Donna, 30, felt compelled to comment after reading a story in the Gazette, last week, about an Akita which was shot dead by police after attacking a pregnant woman.

But housewife Donna, who dotes on her four hefty-sized hounds, says it is simply maltreatment that makes the dogs aggressive.

Donna, of Bolckow Road, Grangetown, said: "I've got more worries about my kids hurting the dogs than the other way round.

"You might think I'ma bad parent, but I know for a fact my dogs would never bite. The kids could be swinging on their necks, but they would just walk away. There's not a chance on God's earth of my baby getting bitten."

Donna, who has three children - Gary, 11, Louise, five, and Paul, 11 months, knew nothing about the breed when she first fell in love with a tiny ball of fluff six years ago.

"He looked just like a little bear," she said. "But I went away and read up on them and I did everything the book told me to. Now I absolutely swear by them and I wouldn't go back to having any other breed. If I had a large house and money was no object, I would have loads of them. I know I might sound mad, but I class them as my kids."

Donna paid pounds 1,000 for her first two Akitas which then went on to have puppies. She currently spends around pounds 7 a week on their food.

When walking the dogs, Donna presents something of a formidable sight with Kane, Cassie, Zara and Lexi on her arm, and she admits that she does not always get a very good response from her neighbours. "A lot of people cross over the road from me," she said. …

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