A woman from Hillingdon said she has been left “shaken” after a dog jumped on her and the owner started shouting abuse at her across the West London park.
Minreet Kaur, 40, was using the outdoor gym equipment at Lake Farm Country Park with her mum when the dog jumped up at her. When confronted, the dog owner told Minreet she should not be in the park if she has a fear of dogs.
Minreet told MyLondon: “I had the worst experience ever and am still shaking and very upset.
“I stepped back as I am really scared and have fear of dogs since I was a child. It terrifies me when they run up to me.
“She then started shouting saying I should go and seek help from my doctor and get tablets, she stuck two fingers up at me.
“She called me an idiot, made me feel out of place because of the colour of my skin, saying you shouldn’t be here. Then she swore some more and I was scared and shaking. No one stopped to help.”
Minreet is now calling for dog owners to have better control of their dogs.
She added: “I know so many who like me have a fear.
“Does that mean we shouldn’t be welcome in parks? Or do dog owners have a duty of care to have dogs on a lead if they are around others?
“I am really sick of racist and rude people as my parents have endured it and now, I am seeing it too, and it’s people like this woman who make it worse for others”.
Minreet’s father is The Skipping Sikh, who recently received an MBE for his NHS fundraising efforts and who is set to skip the London Marathon on his 75th birthday in October.
Since sharing her experience, Minreet says she has heard from others who have a fear of dogs who can relate to her ordeal.
She adds that over the past year we have all been encouraged to exercise outdoors and therefore we should make sure London’s parks are free to be enjoyed by all.
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