Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jackal Author Forsyth Goes to War on Danger Dogs after His Ex-Wife's Pet Is 'Savaged to Death in Park'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jackal Author Forsyth Goes to War on Danger Dogs after His Ex-Wife's Pet Is 'Savaged to Death in Park'

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Byline: John Dunne

BESTSELLING author Frederick Forsyth today called for tougher laws on dangerous dogs after his ex-wife's pet was "mauled to death" in a London park.

Carrie Forsyth was devastated after her beloved bichon frise Oggy was "torn to pieces" by a dog on Paddington Recreation Ground.

Mr Forsyth, 78, whose novels include thrillers The Day Of The Jackal and The Dogs Of War, warned that next time the victim could be a child. He claimed that the police "lacked interest" in chasing the owners of the offending animals.

A picture of the alleged "killer" dog and its owner, taken by a friend of Mrs Forsyth, has been given to the police. The animal is believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier or an American bulldog, neither of which is on the list of banned breeds in the UK.

Oggy, an eight-year-old pedigree, was lying at Mrs Forsyth's feet when she says he was savaged by the dog.

Mr Forsyth, many of whose books have been made into successful films, such as The Odessa File, and who more recently wrote The Kill List, called on the police to take the incident seriously.

He said his own pet had been attacked by a dog on his property in Buckinghamshire but claimed that police failed to investigate thoroughly.

He told the Standard: "About three years ago a dog attacked my Jack Russell and badly injured her.

"She survived but I reported it to the police but they didn't do anything. Police seem to take the attitude 'it's just a dog' but the next time these dogs could kill or maim a child."

He said the law "needs urgently looking at", adding: "The police need to do more and certain breeds or offending dogs should be muzzled in public by law. Carrie is very upset, it's a big shock and the police need to do more and investigate thoroughly this incident in a London park where people and dogs can expect to walk safely."

Mrs Forsyth, a former model who has two children with the author, said she had been traumatised by the incident. At her home in Maida Vale, she said: "Oggy was passive at my feet when a man entered the park with the dog. …

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