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Eastchurch: Warning after dog off lead attacks pets in same road

By Chloe Holmwood
Angel the Yorkipoo who was bitten by a Rottweiller while being walked in Warden Road, Eastchurch

Angel the Yorkipoo who was bitten by a Rottweiller while being walked in Warden Road, Eastchurch

Angel was bitten on her left side and Mr Barnes, 60, was bitten on his left arm while trying to lift his dog out of the rottweiler’s reach.

Speaking about the ordeal, his wife Val said: “Robert didn’t see anybody, only the dog coming out of the field towards him.

“He had to have seven stitches and Angel, who is three-and-a-half, had 12.”

Mrs Barnes, 68, who lives with her husband in Peckham but has a caravan at Eden Leisure Park in Eastchurch, said police had been informed, but there was not much they could do as the dog’s owner had not been found.

Mrs Barnes added: “Since this other attack, I now think something has to be done.

Bite marks on Robert Barnes' arm after the attack in Warden Road, Eastchurch

Bite marks on Robert Barnes' arm after the attack in Warden Road, Eastchurch

“I’m concerned next time it might happen to someone vulnerable, or even a child – and a child wouldn’t stand a chance in hell.

She added: “My husband is traumatised. He won’t go outside of the site now with the dog.

“It comes to something when you can’t go out of the site for fear of attack. This is our holiday home and we come down a couple of weekends a month.

Angel was consigned to a head cone after the attack in Warden Road, Eastchurch

Angel was consigned to a head cone after the attack in Warden Road, Eastchurch

“We need to make more people aware – someone might know who the owner is too.”

Mrs Barnes has had a caravan on the Island since 1967 and has been visiting the Eden Leisure site for two and a half years.

“I’ve been here all that time,” she said. “But we’ve never come across anything like this before.”

Anyone with information about the October attack should call police on 101, quoting crime reference XY/054357/17.

Police confirmed they were also investigating Thursday’s attack.

No one was seriously hurt, said a spokesman, and inquiries were continuing. Anyone with information should call 101 and quote reference 30-0977.

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