An elderly woman was left with cuts, bite-marks and scratches to her face when she intervened to save her Jack Russell from a vicious dog attack.
Shirley Shepherd, of Park View, in Alnwick, was on her way to visit family on Cornhill Estate when the Japanese Akita pounced on Monday afternoon. The brave 72-year-old then tried to save her dog Lucy from being ‘mauled to shreds’.
She said: “It wouldn’t come off. I was standing trying to pull it off as it was killing my dog.
“Lucy has about 10 big puncture wounds, a three-inch gap in her chest and quite a number of small punctures.
“It just went straight for her and it was trying to kill her. The teeth were sinking into her.
“I grabbed hold of it and tried to pull it back, but the Akita was massive and then it turned to bite me.”
Shirley has bite-marks on both sides of her legs and her hands. She has also received stitches for her fingers and is under testing for tetanus.
Following the attack, eight-year-old Lucy was taken to Alnorthumbria Vets and received treatment through the night to save her life.
The vet bill was standing at around £300, but Shirley was told a final bill would be given at a later date once all the treatment was complete.
Shirley thanked Alnorthumbria Vets and Northumbria Police for the care and support she has received.
Northumbria Police told the Gazette that in this ‘isolated incident’ Shirley was ‘shaken’ and ‘she and her dog are recovering at home’. They added that the Akita dog was ‘destroyed with the owner’s permission’.
Sgt Neville Wharrier said:
“It is the responsibility of all dog owners to ensure their dogs are under proper control at all times and should, under no circumstances, pose a risk to members of the public nor to other animals.
Northumbria Police will take robust action against those owners who fail to comply with the law. While this is an isolated incident, the trauma suffered by the lady and her dog is clear to see.”