Witnessed an incident involving a dog in Battersea Park this morning.
A cyclist in front of me was brought down by a dog running across his path.
Since I was some way back and the dog ran towards me, I helped another woman catch it. It was clearly frightened and probably hurt.
I walked up to the cyclist, who wasn't hurt, just bruised and scuffed. To find the dog owner had also been cycling and was now arguing with the cyclist over who's fault it was. It was quite an extraordinary argument, since the dog owner was absolutely adamant that he wasn't responsible for his dog's behaviour in a park.
He was getting quite aggressive with us both and eventually the cyclist agreed that since he wasn't hurt he was just going to go. I reminded him to check over his bike carefully, which got me another round of abuse from the dog owner "Who do you think you are? Why are you even getting involved? This has nothing to do with you etc...", then he turned around to look for his dog. Literally for the first time in 10 minutes he shows some interest in his dog. "Why has that woman go my dog?" - My response, because you are being an irresponsible dog owner and not taking care of your dog!"
At no point did he apologise to the cyclist or go and check on his dog.
Me and the other cyclist rode off and out of the park, so I have no idea what the woman looking after his dog thought about it, but I also hope the dog wasn't hurt as it looked quite young and nervous.
I'm always super careful about loose dogs in parks, but you can never entirely guarantee that you can avoid them.