Sunday, June 21, 2015


Picture believed to show baby Reggie



This is the 'lovely' newborn baby boy who has died ­after being savaged by his family’s pet dog.  Proud parents Maria Blacklin and Ryan Young had only just shown three-week-old Reggie off to neighbours today.
The baby was rushed to ­hospital after being bitten by the “tiny” PATTERDALE TERRIER at the family home, but ­doctors could not save him.

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Northumbria Police confirmed the dog, called Tricky, is being kept in kennels and is likely to be destroyed.
A 30-year-old man was ­arrested in connection with the 4.15am incident as officers probed the tragedy.Neighbours spoke of their shock at the death of Reggie, who is believed to have four brothers and sisters.
Paul Tweddle, 50, said: “It should be a happy time. It is horrible. It will take the family a long long time to recover. I see the terrier from time to time. Sometimes it gets out, so I shout Ryan and he gets it.”
The family have lived on the street in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, for two years. Neighbour Denise Haley, 59, said: “Maria is a lovely girl and I do not know how she will cope. I am scared of any dog but that dog seemed OK. It is tiny.”
Another local described Reggie as a “lovely bairn”.
A family member, who did not want be named, said Maria was not in when Reggie was attacked – but she never left her son alone with the dog.  He said she was at a family event and got home to find the horrific scene.
Patterdales have been used for fox-hunting and though they are usually just 12ins tall have strong jaws and a fearsome reputation for ­pursuing prey.
They are good family pets but owners are warned to watch them around children under six, who they can see as rivals for affection and attention.
A neighbour, who declined to be named, said: “I know terriers. I think the dog had become jealous of the baby and that’s why this happened.”
Superintendent Gillian Mitchell said: “A small terrier-type dog has been kennelled pending our enquiries.
“Obviously we have­ concerns about the care of the child at the time of this incident.
“This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family.”

WIKIPEDIA:  The Patterdale Terrier is an English breed of dog descended from the Northern terrier breeds of the early 20th century. The origins of the breed can be traced back to the Lake District, specifically to Ullswater hunt master Joe Bowman, an early Border Terrier breeder.
The dogs were bred for the hunting and dispatch of the red fox in the rocky fells around the Lake District where a traditional digging dog was not always of great use. Today, the highly adaptable Patterdale Terrier excels worldwide not just at hunting a wide array of quarry, but in a number of canine sports, such as dog agility and terrier racing.

HISTORY:  These dogs were carefully linebred by Joe Bowman, an Ullswater huntsman. The modern Patterdale Terrier is to fell terriers what the Jack Russell Terrier is to hunt terriers—the indisputable leader in numbers and performance as a breed.
The Patterdale was developed in the harsh environment in the north of England, an area unsuitable for arable farming and mostly too hilly for cattle. Sheep farming is the predominant farming activity on these hills. Since the fox is perceived by farmers as being predatory with respect to sheep and small farm animals, terriers are used for predator control. Unlike the dirt dens found in the hunt country of the south, the rocky dens found in the north do not allow much digging. As a consequence, the terrier needs to be able to bolt the fox from the rock crevice or dispatch it where it is found. The use of "hard" dogs to hunt foxes in this way was made illegal in England and Wales by the Hunting Act 2004, as it runs counter to the code of practice[1] under the Act.
In the United States, the Patterdale Terrier was recognised by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995, but remains unrecognized by the American Kennel Club.

The Patterdale Terrier is a laid-back terrier, not as yappy as some other terriers. It enjoys "curling up at the heating duct" in the house. Although the Patterdale Terrier's small size could qualify him as a toy dog, his abilities and gameness deem him as a solid terrier; his determination and toughness demand his inclusion in the mastiff group. They are game and tough when hunting. Hunters often take three or four dogs with them on an outing. The Patterdale Terrier is a good watchdog. This is not a dog for the non-terrier fan or the faint-hearted. The Patterdale Terrier is a robust, independent hunter bred solely for functional services as a ratter and hunting companion. Its Bull Terrier bloodlines make it too fierce to work as a hunter with pack hounds. They are particularly hard and persistent. Many Foxhound owners would not thank you for attempting to bolt his fox with a hard-bitten Patterdale, for the dog is more likely to get hold and have a go, possibly kill the fox rather than allow him to bolt, thus spoiling the hunt with the hounds. It is an excellent digger, intently willing to encounter and attack any mammal that has gone to ground. The fells of the north country, with the protection afforded foxes in borrans, rock tip, mines and scree, created the need for a hard terrier able to scramble over the terrain and fearless enough to go to ground. The Patterdale filled, and still does, fill that need. The interest of local breeders ensures its survival. The breed is not easy to obedience train. The Patterdale should not be trusted withnon-canine pets. Be sure to be this breed’s firm, confident, consistent pack leader to prevent behavior problems from developing. Not recommended for the average pet owner. They need to have their minds challenged along with plenty of mental and physical exercise. If they sense you are not as strong minded as they are, they will believe they are alpha and the humans will run into issues. Do not allow this dog to develop Small Dog Syndrome.

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