Pet dog left fighting for life after attack in Blackburn

First published in News

A BELOVED pet dog has been left fighting for its life after being savaged by a Japanese akita.

The four-year-old Yorkshire terrier, called Ellie, was left bleeding heavily from eight wounds on her neck and body following the attack.

Harley Widdowson, 14, was walking the dog for her ill grandmother Grace, on a grass verge near Mulberry Walk around 5pm on Thursday when the akita, which was not on a lead, charged at them.

Harley suffered a bite on her hand while trying to rescue Ellie and received a tetanus jab and bandages at Blackburn Royal Hospital.

Mrs Widdowson, 52, said: “Its’ owner couldn’t control his dog and was shouting at Harley ‘pick up your... dog’ while his akita was mauling Ellie.

“Harley picked her up and ran back to the house.

“When they got back there was blood all over the hallway, it was horrific. I was in shock.”

The family rushed their pet to Town and Country Vets in King Street, in Blackburn, where she underwent a two-and-a-half hour operation and received 40 stitches.

Ellie was visibly traumatised after the incident and operation, whimpering and cowering in the family home.

Mrs Widdowson said: “I’ve not slept, I laid on the floor with Ellie all night, I couldn’t leave her alone as she was, she’s my baby.

“I think the akita should be kept on a lead and muzzled.

“It isn’t the first time the dog owner has been involved in incidents like this, he is quite notorious on our road, but this is the worst time.

“I’m scared this might happen to someone else’s pet and they might not be so lucky.

“If Ellie hadn’t have rescued her and the vet couldn’t have seen to her, it could have been so much worse.”

Lancashire Constabulary interviewed Harley yesterday (Friday) and have passed the incident on to Blackburn with Darwen Council’s dog warden to investigate.

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3:43pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Mothernature says...

Why has this been passed on to the dog warden? Not only was the Akita prepared to kill the yorkshire terrier, it bit the child and was out without a lead and muzzle. This should be a police matter, not a dog warden. Disgraceful. I hope the yorkie & Harley recover quickly.
Why has this been passed on to the dog warden? Not only was the Akita prepared to kill the yorkshire terrier, it bit the child and was out without a lead and muzzle. This should be a police matter, not a dog warden. Disgraceful. I hope the yorkie & Harley recover quickly. Mothernature
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3:57pm Sat 8 Dec 12

retired one says...

I agree with your comment (Mothernature), this dog is dangerous and the owners should be prosecuted.
I had a similar incident happen to my Yorkshire Terrier a few months ago when a Staffie out without a lead, lunged at my dog and pinned her to the ground. Luckily I managed to rescue her before any damage was done. Needless to say the owner wasn't bothered. I reported it to the police and the owner was only given a warning.
I hope that Ellie and Harley soon recover from this incident.
I agree with your comment (Mothernature), this dog is dangerous and the owners should be prosecuted. I had a similar incident happen to my Yorkshire Terrier a few months ago when a Staffie out without a lead, lunged at my dog and pinned her to the ground. Luckily I managed to rescue her before any damage was done. Needless to say the owner wasn't bothered. I reported it to the police and the owner was only given a warning. I hope that Ellie and Harley soon recover from this incident. retired one
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5:47pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Mothernature says...

A useful item to carry is a lighter. If you are attacked by a dog, a quick burst of flame NEAR, not on, to the face or nose is usually enough to scare it off.
A useful item to carry is a lighter. If you are attacked by a dog, a quick burst of flame NEAR, not on, to the face or nose is usually enough to scare it off. Mothernature
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6:34pm Sat 8 Dec 12

billy32 says...

It's about time they took a more stronger action against all dangerous dogs, most akita's are attack dogs. The owners should be made to muzzle their "pets" when they are out of the home. And all dangerous dogs should be micro chipped. But at the end of the day it's the owners who are to blame for not keep their animals under control.
It's about time they took a more stronger action against all dangerous dogs, most akita's are attack dogs. The owners should be made to muzzle their "pets" when they are out of the home. And all dangerous dogs should be micro chipped. But at the end of the day it's the owners who are to blame for not keep their animals under control. billy32
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11:19pm Sat 8 Dec 12

julespent says...

my friends daughter got bit on the face by a japanese akita, just missed her eye and ripped part of her scalp off. They were at a friends house who wouldnt have the dog put down so needless to say their friendship ended.
my friends daughter got bit on the face by a japanese akita, just missed her eye and ripped part of her scalp off. They were at a friends house who wouldnt have the dog put down so needless to say their friendship ended. julespent
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2:52am Sun 9 Dec 12

2 for 5p says...

All dogs should be muzzled in public
Owners should get a £500 fine for first offence 3 times and the dog should be put down.
All dogs should be muzzled in public Owners should get a £500 fine for first offence 3 times and the dog should be put down. 2 for 5p
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2:45pm Sun 9 Dec 12

germanshep123 says...

I thought Japanese Akitas were a banned breed under the dangerous dogs act?
I thought Japanese Akitas were a banned breed under the dangerous dogs act? germanshep123
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4:04pm Sun 9 Dec 12

N4you! says...

Mothernature wrote:
A useful item to carry is a lighter. If you are attacked by a dog, a quick burst of flame NEAR, not on, to the face or nose is usually enough to scare it off.
Is this experience?
[quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: A useful item to carry is a lighter. If you are attacked by a dog, a quick burst of flame NEAR, not on, to the face or nose is usually enough to scare it off.[/p][/quote]Is this experience? N4you!
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6:19pm Sun 9 Dec 12

lostforwords says...

Shoot the dog charge the owner or should that be the other way around.
Shoot the dog charge the owner or should that be the other way around. lostforwords
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6:36pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Mothernature says...

N4you! wrote:
Mothernature wrote: A useful item to carry is a lighter. If you are attacked by a dog, a quick burst of flame NEAR, not on, to the face or nose is usually enough to scare it off.
Is this experience?
Yes it is. I've spent many years rescueing animals and have picked up quite a few handy tips along the way.
[quote][p][bold]N4you![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: A useful item to carry is a lighter. If you are attacked by a dog, a quick burst of flame NEAR, not on, to the face or nose is usually enough to scare it off.[/p][/quote]Is this experience?[/p][/quote]Yes it is. I've spent many years rescueing animals and have picked up quite a few handy tips along the way. Mothernature
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6:46pm Sun 9 Dec 12

turd moor says...

if made mandatry i would muzzle my dog in public with no questions being asked,
if made mandatry i would muzzle my dog in public with no questions being asked, turd moor
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9:34pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Malthus says...

germanshep123 wrote:
I thought Japanese Akitas were a banned breed under the dangerous dogs act?
I think it is the Japanese Tosa that is regulated under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act. Although this should not detract from the fact that the animal in question is dangerous and should be treated as a Police matter.
[quote][p][bold]germanshep123[/bold] wrote: I thought Japanese Akitas were a banned breed under the dangerous dogs act?[/p][/quote]I think it is the Japanese Tosa that is regulated under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act. Although this should not detract from the fact that the animal in question is dangerous and should be treated as a Police matter. Malthus
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9:48pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

Mothernature wrote:
A useful item to carry is a lighter. If you are attacked by a dog, a quick burst of flame NEAR, not on, to the face or nose is usually enough to scare it off.
Taser would be better
[quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: A useful item to carry is a lighter. If you are attacked by a dog, a quick burst of flame NEAR, not on, to the face or nose is usually enough to scare it off.[/p][/quote]Taser would be better Return of the Magnificent se7en
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9:49pm Sun 9 Dec 12

pocketdragon says...

I would have booted it in the chops and given the owner a good hiding while I was at it. These particular dogs are dangerous and have a short temper.
However I don't think it would have come off as lightly had it tried to attack my dogs...id have let them rip it to pieces and then let the akitas owner look for a new pet....
I would have booted it in the chops and given the owner a good hiding while I was at it. These particular dogs are dangerous and have a short temper. However I don't think it would have come off as lightly had it tried to attack my dogs...id have let them rip it to pieces and then let the akitas owner look for a new pet.... pocketdragon
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2:16am Mon 10 Dec 12

Ronnietate says...

To pocketdragon.

Had this Japenese Akita attacked your dogs and as you suggest you "let them rip it to pieces" it would have been the same story repeated again. Loving pet ripped to pieces. You see it is your attitude that helps create these problems in the first place. When an owner of what ever breed of dog has to use the status of their dog as a prop for their own lack of self esteem!
To pocketdragon. Had this Japenese Akita attacked your dogs and as you suggest you "let them rip it to pieces" it would have been the same story repeated again. Loving pet ripped to pieces. You see it is your attitude that helps create these problems in the first place. When an owner of what ever breed of dog has to use the status of their dog as a prop for their own lack of self esteem! Ronnietate
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12:50pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Dougalbug says...

Most Akita's are not attack dogs as commented above, they are infact working dogs. It is only the mindless minority who train their dogs to be aggressive in this way. I have both an Akita and a Bichon Frise who just love to play but will always keep them on a lead when near other dogs. Its about time something was done about the mindless minority who keep a dog as a legal weapon!!!
Most Akita's are not attack dogs as commented above, they are infact working dogs. It is only the mindless minority who train their dogs to be aggressive in this way. I have both an Akita and a Bichon Frise who just love to play but will always keep them on a lead when near other dogs. Its about time something was done about the mindless minority who keep a dog as a legal weapon!!! Dougalbug
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2:38pm Mon 10 Dec 12

lancs1985 says...

2 for 5p wrote:
All dogs should be muzzled in public
Owners should get a £500 fine for first offence 3 times and the dog should be put down.
that comments matchs your name absolrutley stupid,

dogs are down to there owners, this pillock aint fit to have a gold fish
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: All dogs should be muzzled in public Owners should get a £500 fine for first offence 3 times and the dog should be put down.[/p][/quote]that comments matchs your name absolrutley stupid, dogs are down to there owners, this pillock aint fit to have a gold fish lancs1985
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2:40pm Mon 10 Dec 12

lancs1985 says...

not the 1st time dog has attacked other dogs,
the dog should not be off the lead, the empty head of an owner is giving he dog a bad name, why not take it out later on at night!!

as for biting the child its out of order n the owner should get sent away,

i wouldnt allow this clown to have a gold fish never mind a dog!!!!

once a dog goes it goes like any human what loses it rag,

the dog should of been socialised from a pub

owners like this what get dogs bad names

shoot the owner train the dog
not the 1st time dog has attacked other dogs, the dog should not be off the lead, the empty head of an owner is giving he dog a bad name, why not take it out later on at night!! as for biting the child its out of order n the owner should get sent away, i wouldnt allow this clown to have a gold fish never mind a dog!!!! once a dog goes it goes like any human what loses it rag, the dog should of been socialised from a pub owners like this what get dogs bad names shoot the owner train the dog lancs1985
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4:34pm Mon 10 Dec 12

mys says...

The owner is to blame full stop, hope the child and Ellie recover well from this horrible ordeal
The owner is to blame full stop, hope the child and Ellie recover well from this horrible ordeal mys
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6:07pm Mon 10 Dec 12

pocketdragon says...

Ronnietate wrote:
To pocketdragon.

Had this Japenese Akita attacked your dogs and as you suggest you "let them rip it to pieces" it would have been the same story repeated again. Loving pet ripped to pieces. You see it is your attitude that helps create these problems in the first place. When an owner of what ever breed of dog has to use the status of their dog as a prop for their own lack of self esteem!
Haha! You have taken my comment out of context. My dogs are always on a lead and are highly trained. The akita was not on a lead nor under any sort of control.
Had my child been bitten i can assure you i would have no problem in letting my dogs protect my child....and if they are approached by a dog not under any control then really it is the owners fault should anything happen.
Akitas are working dogs. They require a great deal of training, if not they should be kept on a lead under firm control.
I hope the child is ok as is the yorkie. And i hope the owner has paid the vet bill and apologised.
[quote][p][bold]Ronnietate[/bold] wrote: To pocketdragon. Had this Japenese Akita attacked your dogs and as you suggest you "let them rip it to pieces" it would have been the same story repeated again. Loving pet ripped to pieces. You see it is your attitude that helps create these problems in the first place. When an owner of what ever breed of dog has to use the status of their dog as a prop for their own lack of self esteem![/p][/quote]Haha! You have taken my comment out of context. My dogs are always on a lead and are highly trained. The akita was not on a lead nor under any sort of control. Had my child been bitten i can assure you i would have no problem in letting my dogs protect my child....and if they are approached by a dog not under any control then really it is the owners fault should anything happen. Akitas are working dogs. They require a great deal of training, if not they should be kept on a lead under firm control. I hope the child is ok as is the yorkie. And i hope the owner has paid the vet bill and apologised. pocketdragon
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2:24pm Fri 21 Dec 12

showmethefacts? says...

Mothernature wrote:
Why has this been passed on to the dog warden? Not only was the Akita prepared to kill the yorkshire terrier, it bit the child and was out without a lead and muzzle. This should be a police matter, not a dog warden. Disgraceful. I hope the yorkie & Harley recover quickly.
Police incompetance
It should not be passed to "dog warden"
It falls under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

Section 3 creates a criminal offence of allowing any dog (i.e. of any breed or type) to be
dangerously out of control in a public place or a place to where it is not allowed. A dog can be
regarded as being dangerously out of control on any occasion where it causes fear or
apprehension to a person2 that it may injure them. Furthermore, if that dog does injure a person
then the offence is aggravated. Legal action may be taken against the owner and/or the person in
charge of the dog at the time.

and if they are incapable of utilizing that legislation due to laziness or incompetence they could use the;
-Metropolitan Police Act 1839 and Town Police Clauses Act 1847
-Offences Against the Person Act 1861
[quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: Why has this been passed on to the dog warden? Not only was the Akita prepared to kill the yorkshire terrier, it bit the child and was out without a lead and muzzle. This should be a police matter, not a dog warden. Disgraceful. I hope the yorkie & Harley recover quickly.[/p][/quote]Police incompetance It should not be passed to "dog warden" It falls under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Section 3 creates a criminal offence of allowing any dog (i.e. of any breed or type) to be dangerously out of control in a public place or a place to where it is not allowed. A dog can be regarded as being dangerously out of control on any occasion where it causes fear or apprehension to a person2 that it may injure them. Furthermore, if that dog does injure a person then the offence is aggravated. Legal action may be taken against the owner and/or the person in charge of the dog at the time. and if they are incapable of utilizing that legislation due to laziness or incompetence they could use the; -Metropolitan Police Act 1839 and Town Police Clauses Act 1847 -Offences Against the Person Act 1861 showmethefacts?
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