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Police investigate dog attack in Great Easthall Way

By Chloe Holmwood

Police are investigating after a professional dog walker and a client's pet were attacked by two dogs on a Sittingbourne estate.

Officers were called to Great Easthall Way shortly after 12.20pm on March 28.

A spokesman said: "It is reported they attacked other dogs which were being walked by a woman and that the woman also suffered a puncture wound to her leg."

Police are investigating an attack on a Yorkshire Terrier
Police are investigating an attack on a Yorkshire Terrier

The professional dog walker, who asked not to be named, had been walking Bill Pennell's two Yorkshire terriers along the footpath at the end of Eveas Drive, near the children's play area.

She said: "Two dogs, a husky and a malamute, appeared round the corner and weren't with an owner.

"They started circling me and the two dogs.
"The malamute started to get aggressive towards one of the dogs I was walking and then he picked the dog up in his mouth round his belly and gave him a shake.

"I screamed at the dog and he put the dog down and then he did it again.
"The little dog was terrified and was crying in pain."

The dog walker managed to get to the road nearby and hail down a car to help.

Police were called to Great Easthall Way as a result of the attack
Police were called to Great Easthall Way as a result of the attack

She then called 999 for assistance, before rushing one of the Yorkies - called Reggie - to Sittivets on the Eurolink.

"I was seriously worried about him," she said.

Mr Pennell, of Freeman Drive, said two-year-old Reggie had to undergo life-saving surgery.
"He is lucky to have survived," he said.

Meanwhile, the dog walker went to the minor injuries unit at Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital to get the bite wound, just below her right knee, checked.

"It was very sore and bruised," she said.

"It has scared me. I've had nightmares about it and have been too afraid to walk down that footpath again."

Police are appealing for information.

Anyone with information should call 01474 366149, quoting 46/60396/19, or to remain anonymous call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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