A DOG owner has spoken of her distress after her greyhound was viciously attacked.
Jennifer Milnes, from Fleetwood, was walking her eight-year-old greyhound Ash on the beach when it was set upon by a black and white collie.
Although the incident lasted a matter of seconds, Ash, was left bleeding heavily and fighting for his life.
The 63-year-old has owned Ash for three years after he was retired from racing.
She added: “I was very distressed because his injuries were horrendous.
“It happened so quickly and my dog never made a sound because of the shock.
“When I first saw the dog I thought it was coming to play but it attacked then ran off.
“My dog always wears a muzzle and this was totally unprovoked.”
Mrs Milnes took Ash to the nearby Mount Veterinary Practice on Harris Street, Fleetwood, where he was immediately taken in for life -saving surgery.
But Mrs Milnes, who is partially deaf, now faces the daunting task of finding £400 to pay for Ash’s surgery and subsequent treatment.
She added: “I’m with the PDSA but I couldn’t get there because my dog would have bled to death.”
“I need help because I’m a pensioner and can’t afford the bills.”
Ash was allowed to return home to his owner after surgery, but remains in a critical condition.
Mrs Milnes is urging other dog walkers to look out for the collie responsible for the attack.
Sean Wensley, PDSA’s senior veterinary surgeon, said: “If your dog is being approached by what appears to be an unsupervised dog, remain calm, put your dog on a lead and walk in a different direction.
“If everyone took the time and trouble to socialise and train their dogs, instances of canine aggression would be greatly reduced.”