Horror attack on Blackburn pet

Yorkshire terrier Bonnie shows off its stitches after the attack

Yorkshire terrier Bonnie shows off its stitches after the attack

First published in News

A PET needed emergency surgery after it was attacked by another dog.

Grandmother Margaret Perry, of Broughton Close, in the Higher Croft area of Blackburn, said her Yorkshire terrier Bonnie was shaken so badly that the muscles in her legs were torn.

The 57-year-old said her granddaughter, Kelsie, was now too scared to go out in the street.

Margaret said: “Bonnie is a mess. She cannot walk and she has had an emergency operation. The dog tore all the muscles in Bonnie’s leg.

“What if it had have been a child?”

Margaret was walking Bonnie on a lead at around 12.45am on Thursday and had just arrived home when the terrier was grabbed by a cross breed dog, similar to a Japanese Akita, belonging to George Daye who lives on nearby Broughton Close.

She said: “I was just coming back in and, as I put the key in the door, the dog came and snagged Bonnie.

“It came behind her, grabbed her and pulled the lead out of my hand.”

She said she had to hit the dog on the side of the head to make it let go of her pet.

Margaret said she informed the police who told her to report the attack to the dog warden.

She was told she could wait up to 10 days before somebody visits the scene of the attack.

A police spokesman said so-called ‘dog on dog’ attacks would almost always be looked into by the local authority rather than officers.

Margaret said: “The attack was terrifying.

“The grandchildren are coming round the front now instead of the back, they are scared the dog might be hanging around.

“We are frightened to even open the front door and all the neighbours are the same. They are frightened of their kids being out. It shouldn’t be like that.”

Mr Daye admitted he was walking his dog, Lulu, without a lead and said: “She was walking a bit in front of me so I didn’t see what happened exactly.

“If I walk her during the day I always keep her on a lead but this was late at night and I didn’t expect to see anyone.

“She hasn’t ever attacked a dog before that I know of and I have apologised to Margaret and paid for all the veterinary bills.

“Neither the dog warden nor police have been in touch with me about it.”

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1:30pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Biggy12 says...

To answer the (good old) question "what if it had been a child?".
Apart from some poor family having their child bitten/killed,The police would of got involved an 'lulu' would of been either destroyed or evaluated.
At least Mr Daye acted responsible an paid the vets bill (which I have No doubt cost a pretty penny) an (hopefully) put a page in Mr Dayes education.


(Sadly) Sounds like a genuine accident ;-)
To answer the (good old) question "what if it had been a child?". Apart from some poor family having their child bitten/killed,The police would of got involved an 'lulu' would of been either destroyed or evaluated. At least Mr Daye acted responsible an paid the vets bill (which I have No doubt cost a pretty penny) an (hopefully) put a page in Mr Dayes education. (Sadly) Sounds like a genuine accident ;-) Biggy12
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3:29pm Mon 6 Jan 14

bernss says...

all dogs should be muzzeled by law when out doors if a dog cannot open its mouth it cannot bite. my daughter inlaw was badly bitten just before christmas and the dog was put to sleep .
all dogs should be muzzeled by law when out doors if a dog cannot open its mouth it cannot bite. my daughter inlaw was badly bitten just before christmas and the dog was put to sleep . bernss
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4:06am Tue 7 Jan 14

ex fusilier says...

our little westie was attacked on our own drive by an japanese akita which was with a young girl . she held a lead in her hand but it was not attached to the dog, our dog was bitten and and one of the bites became an abscess and the dog almost died .it took two months to heal after an operation and many visits to the vet.at a cost of over £700 AND MUCH SUFFERING all because the akita was not on a lead. the owner contributed £200 to the vet bill. all dogs should be kept on a lead when in public places if not muzzled. it's no good saying the dog has never bitten anyone or attacked another dog before.there is always a first time i hope bonnie makes a good and speedy recovery
our little westie was attacked on our own drive by an japanese akita which was with a young girl . she held a lead in her hand but it was not attached to the dog, our dog was bitten and and one of the bites became an abscess and the dog almost died .it took two months to heal after an operation and many visits to the vet.at a cost of over £700 AND MUCH SUFFERING all because the akita was not on a lead. the owner contributed £200 to the vet bill. all dogs should be kept on a lead when in public places if not muzzled. it's no good saying the dog has never bitten anyone or attacked another dog before.there is always a first time i hope bonnie makes a good and speedy recovery ex fusilier
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