Dappy facing another operation

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A DOG that was left with a six-and-a-half-inch cut to its neck after being slashed and kicked by a man may need another operation.

Hartlepool mum Nicola Bunney says her black Labrador cross Dappy is still suffering following the attack on the Town Moor, on Hartlepool’s Headland, during which he was kicked in the back leg and slashed in the neck by a man walking a Yorkshire terrier.

Dappy who was attacked while out walking with his owner Nicola Bunney. Picture by FRANK REID

Dappy who was attacked while out walking with his owner Nicola Bunney. Picture by FRANK REID

Eleven-month-old Dappy needed 20 stitches in his neck during an operation at the PDSA animal hospital in Middlesbrough.

Now saddened Nicola, 38, a mum-of-four, said her pet may be facing further surgery to install a drain into his neck if pockets of blood do not reduce in size.

“It’s just awful to see him in pain and discomfort,” said grandmother-of-one Nicola, of the Headland.

“You kind of just wish it was you. A dog can’t tell you that something is hurting or that they’re in pain so you’ve just got to guess.

“I’m constantly worried about him and I hope he doesn’t have to have to have another operation.

“The vet said if these lumps on his neck aren’t reduced by tomorrow then they’re going to have to operate again, he’ll have to be put under anaesthetic again and have more pain and stitches.”

The attack happened on Sunday, June 24, between 5.30pm and 6pm when Dappy went running over to the Yorkshire terrier dog.

Receptionist Nicola said she heard Dappy make a loud yelp although she did not immediately realise how serious his injury was.

An argument broke out between Nicola and the man before she ran to her sister’s home with Dappy where she hugged him and found herself covered in blood.

The vet who performed the operation said the wound appeared to have been caused by a serrated object.

Police are still investigating the incident and have urged anyone with any information to call the non-emergency number 01 or Crimestoppers on (0800) 555111.