‘Next time it could be a child’.
That was the message from a man whose beloved chocolate labrador was left needing emergency surgery after being mauled by a husky-type dog.
Mechanic Rob Lloyd said: “Now it’s done it once it will do it again or even worse, it could be a child next time.”
The 29-year-old had just set off on a late night walk with eight-year-old Harvey on Monday when the white or grey dog, being walked off its lead by a man, launched its attack close to the Solaris Centre in South Shore at around 9.40pm.
Rob, of Highfield Road, South Shore, said: “I got Harvey out the car and started walking.
“I got about 20 yards, next to the gate, and this dog ran out and sniffed Harvey.
“Harvey moved and it grabbed him by the neck. He didn’t stand a chance.”
Rob punched and kicked the dog in an attempt to loosen its grip, while also screaming for help.
A passer-by ran over and kicked the dog several times under its jaw, Rob said, which brought the vicious attack to an end.
He said: “Harvey was on the floor bleeding. I picked him up and ran back to the car. When I looked round the man had run off.”
Harvey, who was on a lead at the time of the attack, required emergency service to close deep wounds in his neck, with vets bills topping £500. Rob said: “He was extremely lucky. He is in a lot of pain he is crying a lot. Hopefully he will be fine with lots of rest and TLC. I’d love to say maybe the man didn’t know the dog would attack, and it might not have been his dog he was walking, but it should not be off its lead.
“We are not after a lynch party. We just want him to accept responsibility for what his dog has done, even if he didn’t think there would be another dog at that time of night.
“My fear is this could lead to a dog-on-human attack or if a child is walking a dog it could get caught in the crossfire.”
CCTV cameras close to the scene captured the man running away from the scene of attack, which happened on Monday night, followed by the husky-type dog.
He was described as slim, in his 20s with short, dark hair, and wearing a pale or white hooded top and jeans.
Police confirmed the attack has been reported but said it was the dog warden’s responsibility to probe the matter.
The dog warden is investigating, Rob said.
Rob would also like to track down the passer-by, described as a large man wearing dark clothes, so he can thank him.