Wednesday, September 7, 2016

NEWARK, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE ENGLAND - A ROTTWEILER MIX AND A STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER TYPE DOG ATTACKED A WEST HIGHLAND TERRIER "ALFIE" BEING WALKED BY ITS OWNER IN A PARK

Alfie, a west highland terrier, is recovering after being attacked by two dogs in Sconce and Devon Park, Newark.
A dog walker has spoken of her horror after her pet was savaged by two dogs in a public park.
The woman, who did not want to be named for fear of repercussions, was walking her west highland terrier, Alfie, on a lead in Sconce and Devon Park, Newark, at about 10am on Thursday of last week.

Alfie, a rescue dog, was attacked by what are believed to have been
A ROTTWEILER OR ROTTWEILER CROSS AND A STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER-TYPE DOG BEING WALKED BY TWO TEENAGE GIRLS.

“I saw them approaching from 50 yards away,” the woman said.

“They were both off the lead but one girl put her dog on the lead.

“You assume that if a dog is not on the lead then it’s going to be fine but the one that was off the lead just pounced on Alfie.  “He hadn’t even growled.”

The woman said as one of the teenage girls “screamed” that her dog had never done anything like that before the second dog charged, causing the girl walking it to fall and drop the lead.  It, too, sank its teeth into Alfie.

“I kept screaming at them to get the dogs on a lead and to get them off Alfie,” the woman said.

“It’s a wonder they didn’t tear him to pieces. He was being thrown about like a rag doll. I couldn’t even pick him up. The more I pulled, the more they held on.

“It seemed to go on for an age.”

The woman believes the girls were able to get leads on the dogs in the melee.


They left in the direction of the river path but were vague about where they lived and gave a telephone number that appeared to be fake.

“I was trembling,” the woman said.

“Alfie got up and shook himself but his face was covered in blood.

“Other dog walkers came over and thought I had been bitten but it was Alfie’s blood all over my legs.”

Alfie was taken to a vet who stitched the facial wounds. He lost the top of one of his ears and there were puncture wounds in his back.

The bill was about £340, most of which will be covered by insurance.

“I feel lucky to still have him,” said his owner.

“He was dazed for a couple of days. I thought he had brain damage. He is recovering, although he’s still timid.

“He is only just able to get back on to his favourite chair.

“It was such a frightening experience and I wouldn’t want anyone else to have to go through it.

“It’s a park that’s popular with dog walkers and children, and I know the council’s park ranger will be concerned because it’s such a lovely place they are rightly proud of.”

A spokesman for Newark and Sherwood District Council, which owns and manages the park, said: “Dogs must be kept under proper control at all times as required by law.


“There is no specific requirement for them to be kept on a lead in our parks, which should serve as safe environments for all users to be able to enjoy at all times.

“This incident was reported to our dog warden service, but allegations relating to dog attacks are a matter for the police.

“However, we would emphasise the need for all dog owners to act responsibly in managing their pets.”

The attack has been reported to Nottinghamshire Police.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the identity of the girls should contact the police on 101.



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