The owner of an out-of-control dog who savaged two police horses in an east London park has insisted she is “so friendly” and it wasn’t her fault.
Hakan Niyazi’s American Bully Coco clamps its jaws on a Metropolitan Police animal in shocking footage filmed on Wednesday.
Viral footage, viewed more than 220,000 times on TikTok, appears to show the mounted officers scream “can someone get hold of the dog, for f***s sake” and “hit it”.
The police horse stumbles and kicks out at the canine, believed to be American Bulldog XL.
One man tries to break the bully’s grip with a large branch.
The dog is eventually pulled off the bucking horse and held down by a “brave” passerby.
The officers bark: “Get that lead on the dog now.”
The dog was taken away by officers and is still in police kennels.
College student Hakan, who is in his mid-20s, told The Sun: “It might look like I wasn’t doing much but I was trying my hardest. I tried to grab her.
“She was intimidated by the horse. She felt threatened.
“I thought the horse was going to kick me. If it kicks me I’m dead. If it killed me then people would be feeling sorry for me.”
He criticised the have-a-go-hero passer-by who stepped in to help, using a long stick to keep the dog at bay.
“The guy was rude,” said Hakan who has had Coco for around a year.
“I was so angry at the time. He said I didn’t do nothing. I tried.
“I reciprocate energy. If you’re rude to me I will be rude back to you.
“He was angry. He was swearing, being rude. I was trying my hardest.”
Hakan described the dog as “so friendly”, claiming he couldn’t understand what had happened because Coco has been around horses before.
He added: “I’ve been stressing about it all night. She’s my pride and joy. That’s the only thing that keeps me sane. My little girl.
“She’s so friendly. With any human she’s so good. I don’t know why it happened.
“I want it to go to court. I want to have my say.
“That stuff never happened before. Next time I know not to take my dog off a lead.”
The owner has not been arrested.
Urbane was taken to the vets for stitches to his belly and legs but will be back on duty “as soon as he has fully recovered”, police said.
A witness told The Sun: “It was shocking and scary. You could tell it was bad.
“I spotted the dog and the body language was way too interested in the horses and was going over to antagonise them.”
The marketing worker added: “Eventually there’s one brave witness who grabbed the dog but then the owner takes his time to go over and put the dog on the lead.
“I was apologetic that I couldn’t do anything but I was keeping my own dog on the lead and under control.”
PH Urbane from Bow was attacked by a dog off the lead in #VictoriaPark Yesterday. We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep dogs on a lead if you can’t recall them or get them under control. Huge thanks to members of public who tried to help Urbane. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/X8CiNEqRWc
— Met Police Taskforce (@MetTaskforce) March 23, 2023
A Met Police Taskforce spokesperson tweeted: “PH Urbane from Bow was attacked by a dog off the lead in #VictoriaPark yesterday.
“We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep dogs on a lead if you can’t recall them or get them under control. Huge thanks to members of public who tried to help Urbane.
“He has been to the vets and is having some well-earned recuperation. He will hopefully be back on duty as soon as he has fully recovered but not before.”
A Met spokeswoman said: “On Wednesday, 22 March a dog was seized in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, after it attacked a police horse.
“The horse required stitches and is expected to return to duty following its recovery.
“The dog remains in police kennels and officers are in contact with its owner
“No arrests have been made.