An incident involving a dog attacking deer has led to a child being injured. On Sunday 17 January a large dog which was not under its owner’s control chased a small herd of deer. The deer took flight which led to a child being knocked off their bicycle and hurt requiring hospital treatment. It is another example of the importance for dog owners to keep their dogs on leads when in the vicinity of the deer in the parks. The police and The Royal Parks have underlined the need for owners to keep their dogs on leads if they are unsure how the dogs will react to deer.
Our advice, as Friends of Bushy and Home Parks, is for all owners to put the lead on their dog when they see deer and to keep 50 metres distance from the deer.