Wednesday, March 30, 2016

MANCHESTER ENGLAND - A STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER LEAPT OFF A PLATFORM AT A TRAIN STATION AND CROSSED THE TRACKS IN AN ATTEMPT TO ATTACK STEPHEN GOULDEN'S GUIDE DOG "EATON" - HIS VISUALLY IMPAIRED WIFE WAS KNOCKED OVER AND BITTEN TRYING TO SAVE THE BELOVED GERMAN SHEPHERD/RETRIEVER MIX

Stephen Goulden with partner Margaret and guide dog Eaton
A blind man was terrified as a vicious  STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER  attacked him and his guide dog - and left his wife with a nasty leg injury.
Stephen Goulden MBE was waiting with his wife, Margaret, and guide dog Eaton to catch a train at Altrincham station, in Greater Manchester, when the drama unfolded.
He said the Staffordshire Bull Terrier leapt off another platform and crossed the tracks, before trying to sink its teeth in the six-year-old German Shepherd-Retriever cross.
But instead it knocked over Margaret and bit her leg - leaving her with blood gushing from a wound.
Stephen, 66, said: “All hell let loose for about 20 seconds and I could hear Margaret screaming.
"The man came over and dragged the dog away.
"All he said was ‘sorry’. Margaret was hysterical, but I hadn’t realised she had been bitten and said we should get on the train.
“It was only then that we realised what had happened to her.
"Luckily, an off-duty police officer took charge and said we needed to report what happened and called an ambulance.”
"The man came over and dragged the dog away.
"All he said was ‘sorry’. Margaret was hysterical, but I hadn’t realised she had been bitten and said we should get on the train.
“It was only then that we realised what had happened to her.
"Luckily, an off-duty police officer took charge and said we needed to report what happened and called an ambulance.”



MENMargaret Goulden
The leg wound suffered by Margaret Goulden after the train station incident

Margaret, who is also visually-impaired, was taken to nearby Altrincham Hospital where she received treatment for shock, her wound was dressed and she had a tetanus jab.
Stephen, who has been blind since the age of 19, said: “She is walking again now, but she was very sore the next day.”
Eaton was shaken but not harmed.
It’s not the first time he has been attacked and Stephen is calling for greater awareness of the problem.
He said: “Eaton was chased by another Staffordshire Bull Terrier a few years ago, but managed to get away.
“He’s a big softy and normally fine with other dogs, but if there’s any aggression he tries to hide behind me.”
The charity Guide Dogs said an average of 11 assistance animals are attacked each month, but recent changes in legislation means owners could face up to three years in prison.
A spokeswoman said: “This must have been a terrifying experience. Attacks on guide dogs are extremely distressing. Not only is the attack itself traumatic, but if the dog has to stop working as a guide dog afterwards, then their owner may find it impossible to leave home on their own.”
A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “The dog involved has been seized and is in kennels.
"A man was arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act and has been bailed until April 15 pending further enquires.”

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