Dog left with severe wounds in attack in Gallows Corner

PUBLISHED: 17:22 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:22 26 April 2017

Bertie after the attack

Bertie after the attack


A dog owner whose pet was attacked by another dog on Saturday afternoon has warned of the threat posed by unruly and aggressive animals.

Bertie before the attackBertie before the attack

Arleane Spence, a member of the PDSA, was at work when her dad took Bertie, a bichon frise cross, on a walk when a neighbour’s bull mastiff cross breed darted out of a house and attacked Bertie.

Arleane, of Byron Way, Gallows Corner, said she knew something was wrong when she returned home later that day.

“I’m used to my dog running up to me when I come in. As I came in I thought ‘where’s the dog?’ I looked in the basket and the chair and thought my son must have taken him for a walk.

“Then my daughter said ‘don’t panic but Bertie was attacked today when grandad took him on a walk’.

“My dad has suffered quite a bit, he hurt his hand trying to get the dog off Bertie. If it wasn’t for Bertie having the harness on the dog would have ripped him apart from my dad.”

Bertie has been left with deep wounds in his back and has had a tube fitted to drain fluid in order to prevent infection. Once the tube is removed Bertie will receive stitches.

The attack has left Bertie shaken and Arleane is concerned that incidents like this are becoming far too common.

“He was very sad looking and weary - he’s still in shock.

“I was told by the vet you need to get him out as soon as possible, we have to walk him because we don’t want him being afraid of other dogs. He didn’t seem too bad but he was wary and we have to get past what happened.

“The dog needs to be sorted out, it should be muzzled. What if a child was walking that dog? They could have been injured just as much as the dog.

“Too much of this is going on with dogs like this, it is just not normal.”

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