A PUPPY has been left with swollen lumps to its neck after being attacked by a Staffordhire bull terrier while out walking with its owner in Hartlepool.
The young dog’s owner, Lesley Evans, was also injured in the incident on The Town Moor, on the Headland, in Hartlepool, and had to have a tetanus jab to protect her from infection.
Lesley and her four-month-old Spanish cattle dog Rosie were taking their daily stroll along the stretch of grass, near to the Friarage Centre, at 10pm, when they spotted a woman walking with a Staffordshire bull terrier.
The dog, which was white, of thin build and with a long tail, came bounding towards Rosie and pinned her to the ground by the neck, before starting to shake her like a “rag-doll”.
Lesley, of Beaconsfield Square, said she and the owner of the other dog were both screaming at it to get off, but the crazed canine continued to attack.
So Lesley said she tried to wrestle the animal from her puppy and ended up having to put her hands in its mouth to prize Rosie from its jaws.
The owner of the dog then clipped the animal’s lead on and walked off without offering to help or ask how Lesley and her puppy were.
She said: “I jumped on top of the dog because it wouldn’t listen.
“I was like Steve Irwin off the telly wrestling a crocodile. I shouldn’t have but you do stupid things in the heat of the moment.
“I was punching the dog and everything, but it still wasn’t budging so I put my hand in the dog’s mouth because I just thought ‘it’s going to kill her’.
“It eventually let go and then the owner of the dog put it’s lead on and simply walked off.”
Lesley, a beautician, said: “I got about 10 puncture wounds to my hands and I had to go and have a tetanus, and Rosie got two puncture wounds to her neck which have got all infected and full of fluid. She’s got anti-biotics from the vet.
“I just think it’s disgraceful how this woman could just clip the lead on and walk off. I had blood on my hands! I would have been mortified if it had been the other way round. I would have offered to help.”
Police have launched an investigation into the incident, which happened on Sunday, November 2, and are urging any witnesses or those who know the owner of the dog to come forward.
They should contact Pc Iain Clark on the non-emergency on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.