NOTTINGHAMSHIRE ENGLAND - A 23-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WITH HER YOUNG DAUGHTER WERE WALKING AT VICAR WATER COUNTRY PARK WHEN THEY WERE FORCED TO ESCAPE INTO THE WATER AFTER "4 BEASTLY DOGS" FOLLOWED THEM AND KILLED THEIR PET DOG
One dog was left dead following the attack at the park in Clipstone and FOUR DOGS were seized by police.
Dr Steve Collett, of Mansfield, fished at Vicar Water Country Park for the first time on Wednesday.
The 44-year-old described the dogs that were involved in the attack.
He said: “The police were in a boat looking for evidence. They tied all the dogs up on the fence – they were all beastly looking.
“After the air ambulance had gone the police stayed with them [the dogs] and the van came and took them away. They were all treated very humanely.
“It was quite scary to see. I love dogs but those dogs were mean.”
Another man, who wishes not to be named, was fishing when he heard a woman screaming.
The 52-year-old, of Mansfield, said: “She was waving her hands saying ‘help, help’. Dogs were following her and her daughter. Those dogs had killed her dog.
“It could have been me with my dog. It turns your stomach to be honest.”
The 23-year-old woman who ran into the water to escape the dogs was taken to Kings Mill Hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening.
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: "Officers have recovered a dog that they believe has died as a result of this incident.
"Four dogs have also been seized as part of the police investigation and officers are not looking for any others in connection with the incident. Enquiries are on-going."
A spokeswoman for EMAS said: "A woman and child were in the water and required emergency assistance.
"We sent our hazardous area response team who have specialist skills and equipment, the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and an ambulance crew."
The popular country park is run by Newark and Sherwood District Council.
A spokesman for the council said: “We can confirm an incident occurred where a dog was killed in an apparent attack by four other dogs in Vicar Water Country Park this morning and that this matter is in the hands of the police.
"By law, the control of dogs is, at all times, the responsibility of their owners. Vicar Water is normally a safe and peaceful place for visitors and we are sorry to hear the circumstances of this incident.”