Appeal to keep dogs on leads after Jack Russell cross savaged in Norwich park
06:30 18 August 2014
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A woman who feared for her dog’s life after it was attacked in a park has appealed for other owners to obey signs asking them to keep their pets on a lead.
Jeff Brown was walking Lucky, a 14-year-old Jack Russell cross, in Jenny Lind Park in Norwich at about 4pm last Tuesday when he was bitten by a dog which was not on a lead.
His wife Beryl said: “As soon as [the other owner] let it off, it just came straight for our dog, and got it around the throat. My husband said he yelled at the woman, they took the dog off, which was good, and she said that he or she had never done it before.”
Although Lucky, who suffers from cataracts, was able to walk back to his owner’s home in Trinity Street, Mrs Brown found blood and torn skin on the right side of his neck.
A vet, who treated Lucky within 15 minutes, found that he had also been injured on the left side of his neck.
Mrs Brown said: “When we picked him up he was still very groggy from the sedation but we were, as can be imagined, very grateful for our vet’s care because as he is such an old dog we could have lost him.”
She said she and her husband had always kept Lucky on a lead since signs asking owners to do so were put up about two years ago, but she was concerned that other owners did not, especially because there is a playground in the park.
She said she was now too scared to walk Lucky in the park.
It was the second time Lucky, who came from the Meadowgreen Dog Rescue Centre, near Loddon, six years ago, had been attacked in the park.
The previous attack, which Mrs Brown said was much worse, saw a Staffordshire Bull Terrier set upon Lucky in January 2012.
She said: “It worries me that you just can’t comfortably take your dog for a walk over there.”
Mrs Brown said that Lucky appeared to be recovering well from the attack, and the wounds had not become infected.
However, he is still on painkillers, and is due to return to the vet on Wednesday to have clips removed from the wounds.
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