BONHILL, WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE SCOTLAND - AN AMERICAN BULLDOG MAULED A BELOVED PARSON RUSSELL TERRIER BEING WALKED BY HIS OWNER, CAROL MURPHY - THE LITTLE PET LOST HIS LEG AND MURPHY IS UPSET THAT NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT THE MAULER FOR ALMOST 3 MONTHS!!!
A heartbroken gran is calling for justice after her beloved pet terrier lost its leg following a savage dog attack.
Carol Murphy, from Bonhill, has been left devastated after her six-year-old Parson Russell Terrier was injured so severely he had to have a limb amputated last week.
The 59-year-old says she was walking Douglas near her home in Braehead when an AMERICAN BULLDOG – which she says wasn’t on a lead – ran at them and pinned him then tossed him about like a “rag doll”.
She said her pet suffered severe injuries, including internal bleeding after the dog punctured his kidney, and almost died while undergoing the surgery to his leg.The worried grandmother told the Lennox Herald: “I’m absolutely sick to the stomach of everything my wee dog has had to go through.
“I can still picture him lying on his back while the dog sank its teeth into him, looking at me so helplessly — I thought he was going to die.
“Douglas was picked up and shook about like a rag doll. That wasn’t just dogs fighting.
“We made the difficult decision to get his leg amputated because he got an infection due to his injuries, which could have spread, and he was in so much pain.
“His heart stopped on the operating table too because he was so ill, we nearly lost him again.
“We will never take him up there again.”
The emotional grandmother said she is sickened that nothing was done by police officers or West Dunbartonshire Council’s dog warden service to ensure the dog was kept under control for almost three months after the attack, which took place in September.
On Friday, 11 weeks after it happened, the local authority issued the owner with a Dog Control Notice (DCN), which orders the owner to undertake certain measures to bring and keep the dog under control.
The terms of the notice specify that the owner must abide by six conditions, including muzzling the dog when it is off a lead in a public area, as well as keeping the dog under control at all times.
The owner or any other entrusted person who must be aged at least 16 must also be present and in charge of the dog whenever it is in a public place.
But Carol says the move isn’t good enough. She told the Lennox Herald: “It took the police 10 weeks to come back to me and say they weren’t pressing any charges. The dog wardens have been investigating it for the past four weeks and have only just issued the DCN, all the while nothing was put in place to stop the dog from doing this again.
“Nobody has paid for this and that includes the vet fees which are currently at £900. The DCN isn’t punishment for what the dog did.
“I want people to know that if their dog gets attacked here, don’t think something will be done about it straight away.
“I have 10 grandchildren and I feel so lucky that I didn’t have one of them with me at the time.
“At one point I was jammed between the dogs and the railings. It was terrifying.”
Douglas was initially treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs but the gran had to take him back to McKenzie’s Vets the next day when he refused to walk and began peeing blood.
Carol said: “They couldn’t operate on him because he was too ill
but thankfully his kidney healed up on its own.
“We thought everything was going to be okay but after that I noticed Douglas’ back paws kept turning out. He was dragging them along behind him and his skin was coming off.”
Following another trip to the vets, Carol and Jim were told their beloved dog had caught an infection due to his injuries which could spread unless his leg was amputated.
It was a difficult decision but one the couple knew they had to take.
Carol said: “I got such a shock when I picked him up after the operation last week. I was really emotional.
“The stitching isn’t straight and the vet said that was because he stopped breathing on the operating table and they had to sew him up quickly.
“McKenzie’s Vets have been brilliant with him and he loves the girls there.
“He’s up and about on his feet now but he isn’t the same wee dog any more. He used to jump all over people who came to the door wanting to be clapped but now he’s nervous and subdued. He’s been through so much.”