Calls have been made for dog owners to make sure they can control their animals after a Jack Russell was attacked by a dog on an extendible lead in Walmer.
Angie Best has been left with a £173 vet bill after a Doberman-sized cross breed attacked her pet Harry in Liverpool Road on Saturday, February 8 at 11.30am.
Mrs Best was walking the four-year-old terrier to the seafront with her brother, when the black and tan dog set upon him, pulling out clumps of fur, leaving a deep gash around the side of Harry’s neck.
“It was horrific,” said Mrs Best of Lorne Road.
“I’ve never been so distressed.
“They were coming towards each other but she had her dog on an extendable lead.
“They sniffed each other, then the next thing it was on him.
“Harry was screaming. It was over in seconds but the damage it did in those seconds is terrible.
“He was yelping and yelping long after.”
Unaware of the full extent of Harry’s injury at the time of the attack, Mrs Best did not get the other female owner’s contact details.
But now she hopes she will do the right thing and offer to help with the vet bills. But more importantly she wants the dog muzzled to avoid future attacks on dogs or even children.
“She needs to know the damage. To be fair to her, she didn’t know, because at the time I didn’t.”
Harry spent the afternoon at the vets where he was anaesthetised and stitched up.
"It was over in seconds but the damage it did in those seconds is terrible."- Angie Best.
He is now on painkillers and antibiotics to stop any infection but his wound is still weeping.
“Harry is such a sweet dog but the other dog should be muzzled,” she added.
The attack has been reported to the dog warden.
If you are the owner of the black and tan dog that was involved, you can contact Mrs Best via the Mercury office on 01304 365526.
For the full story read this week's East Kent Mercury.