Hornchurch border collie viciously attacked by dog in Harrow Lodge Park

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 March 2017

Max the border collie was viciously attacked by another dog in Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch. Picture: Melanie Green

Max the border collie was viciously attacked by another dog in Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch. Picture: Melanie Green

Melanie Green

The owner of a 14-year-old border collie is appealing for help in tracing a man whose dog viciously attacked her beloved pet, ripping its throat and tearing his ear off.

Melanie Green, 43, of Sunrise Avenue, Hornchurch, was shocked to see her partner covered in blood at the weekend after taking their pet Max for a walk in Harrow Lodge Park.

As the pair were coming home from their walk at about 8.30am, a man with two greyhounds appeared when suddenly the brindle-coloured animal jumped on Max and tore his ear off.

Melanie’s partner then struggled to get the dog off Max’s throat for 10 minutes.

“He came in and he was dripping in blood and I didn’t have a clue what had happened”, she said.

“I went round to the garden where he put Max while he phoned the vets and all I could see was blood, it was horrific.

“He’s such a calm and friendly dog that’s great with people and other animals so it’s just unbelievable that he could be attacked like this.”

Max’s throat was slit six inches and most of his ear had been ripped off.

After going through a four-hour surgery at The Wylie Vet Centre, Abbs Cross Lane, Hornchurch, Max is making a slow recovery.

Melanie is now asking for help in tracing the owner of the dog that attacked Max, after she says that he exchanged a fake name and an invalid number with her partner following the incident.

More than 2,000 people have shared her Facebook post appealing for help and The Upminster Taproom micropub, Sunnyside Gardens, Upminster, is offering a £500 reward for any information which can help trace him.

Melanie’s partner has described him as a tall man of slim build, in his 30s, with short dark hair.

He had one black and one brindle-coloured greyhound.

She said: “I am petrified that this is going to happen again to someone’s else dog who might not be as lucky as Max was.”


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