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Warning after dog 'sank his teeth' into Dalmatian during walk in Deal

By Eleanor Perkins

A dog owner who was forced to pay a £200 vet's bill after another hound allegedly "sank his teeth" into his pet is advising others to be vigilant.

Jon Wall, 49, from Broadstairs, had travelled to Deal by train with four friends for a dog walk yesterday when the alleged attack happened on the promenade between Deal Pier and Sandown Castle.

He claims a white Husky leapt at his 12-year-old Dalmatian Springer Spaniel cross, Fred, who later required stitches on two wounds - one of which is 2cm deep.

Warning - graphic images below

Fred was bit in two places
Fred was bit in two places

Mr Wall, a high speed train driver, is now asking for the Husky's owner to take responsibility for his dog's actions and pay the £212 veterinary bill.

He said: "The attack was completely unprovoked and happened so quick!"

"The dogs were on their leads at the time.

"As we approached the Husky laid down on his belly in a playful manner but as we got alongside he leapt up and bit Fred on his shoulder.

"Fred tried to walk away but the Husky sank his teeth in and tore the skin apart in two places."

Fred's wound is 2cm deep
Fred's wound is 2cm deep

Mr Wall described the Husky's owner as about 30-years old with long hair and a beard.

He said he walked away refusing to give his name and address and saying he didn't have any money.

After the attack, Mr Wall took Fred to their regular vet at Pets at Home at Westwood Cross in Broadstairs.

He said: "The vet spent around 45 minutes cleaning and stitching the wounds including inserting two drains. We have antibiotics, pain relief and surgical cleaner for him and a bill for £212.

"They say he is going to be fine but it will probably leave a deep scar and a hole in his side.

"He seems OK this morning. He's obviously a bit tender as he favours his other side when he lies down."

Dalmatian cross Fred with owner Jon Wall
Dalmatian cross Fred with owner Jon Wall

Mr Wall's partner Corina, 47, a ward sister sat QEQM in Margate, rescued Fred when he was 18 months old. They celebrated his 12th birthday this week.

He said: "He is walked every day and once away from traffic he always comes off the lead as he never pays need to other dogs or humans, he just wants to run and walk and explore."

Mr Wall says he loves walking his dogs in Deal and the incident won't stop him coming again but he would like the Husky's owner to accept responsibility.

He said: "If I could get a message to the owner it would be man up, take responsibility for your dog's actions and pay our vets bill.

Dalmatian cross Fred after his visit to the vets
Dalmatian cross Fred after his visit to the vets

"He should also promise to put a muzzle on him in future or risk having him destroyed under the dangerous dog act. An apology would be nice, too!"

The couple say they will be reporting the incident to police later today.

Mr Wall said: "We would hate for the dog to be destroyed but we agree that we couldn't risk another dog or even a child being injured so we have agreed to take things further."

In the mean time, he has shared information about it on Facebook in a bid to warn others.
He has thanked users for this kinds words and advice.

He said: "We've had so many kind words and advice. It's been overwhelming."

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