OLDHAM ENGLAND - AN AMERICAN BULLDOG ATTACKED A SWEET LITTLE YORKIE "BILLIE" - THEN BILLIE'S OWNERS FOUND OUT THERE HAD BEEN SIX MORE ATTACKS IN THE SAME AREA
A Yorkshire Terrier suffered horrifying injuries after being viciously attacked by another dog. Cute little Billie was lucky to survive after being set upon by what is believed to be an AMERICAN BULLDOG.
Billie’s owners were mortified when the snarling hound locked its jaws around its neck as it was being walked in Oldham.
Janet Redfern’s beloved West Highland Terrier was also attacked on New Year’s Day - which left her and her pooch severely distressed.
Janet said: “I was out walking Poppy along Hollins Road with my neighbour and then all of a sudden this dog literally bounded across the road and locked its jaws around the back of Poppy.
“She was hysterical, my friend and I were also hysterical, it was horrific.
“We were trying to pull them apart but the other dog would not let go of its grip.
“It went on for a few minutes until a man driving past had to stop and get out of his car and PRISED THE DOG'S JAWS APART WITH A WALKING STICK.
“Poppy ran into the road and it was so lucky that she wasn’t knocked down by a car. She has been traumatised by what happened. Luckily the dog only managed to tear her coat and there were no physical injuries.”
Janet’s daughter posted about the incident on Facebook to make others aware and it is believed there have been six similar incidents in the area.
“I was absolutely terrified. Something needs to be done. It could attack more pets, people or even children,” she added.
The incident was reported to police and the dog warden.
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and cooperatives, said two attacks have been reported in the Hollins Road area.
“We identified the owner of the dog following reports from members of the public and we have since spoken to the owner about making their property more secure and the dangers that arise from allowing a dog to stray.
“I’m disgusted and upset these attacks have happened and we are doing all we can, but as it stands under national legislation, if your dog is attacked and injured by another dog, it is not a criminal offence.
“Unless there is a threat to a person, the only thing owners can do is to carry out legal action themselves and this would be something we would advise. Following this latest incident an officer will also visit the owners again and I’ll raise the legislative issue with our local MPs.”