I think it’s time the RSPCA and Royal Kennel Society of England started a Canine-o-phobia awareness campaign. It could even save lives.
Man, 24, who was scared of dogs drowned after diving through hedge and into lake as he fled from bull terrier
Last updated at 2:59 PM on 27th January 2012
Accidental death: Mohammed Faisal (pictured) drowned after running away from a dog and falling into a lake in Peterborough
A man with a fear of dogs drowned after he fled in terror from a Staffordshire Bull Terrier – straight into a lake.
Mohammed Faisal, 24, died after he jumped head-first into a bush which stood next to the lake, a former brick pit, Peterborough Coroner’s Court heard yesterday.
The inquest heard that the dog’s owner Ritchie Frost did his best to assist Mr Faisal, who could not swim, but that he died after the lake plunge on September 28, 2011.
Mr Faisal, from Millfield, Peterborough, had been walking home when he was scared by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Locki, which was being walked by Mr Frost and his children.
He died close to the nearby Ikea Distribution Centre, where he had worked as a call centre operator for about six weeks, at around 5.30pm.
In a police statement read out to the inquest Mr Frost, from the Fletton area of Peterborough, said he had taken the dog off its lead and was alerted to Mr Faisal’s presence after hearing a ‘scream’ from around a bend in the path.
Mr Frost said he saw Mr Faisal dive head-first into a bush towards the lake.
The dog tried to ‘trot’ after Mr Faisal, but obeyed when Mr Frost called it back.