Dog owner puts up posters after her pet was attacked in Eaton Park, Norwich
A dog owner has put up posters around Eaton Park in Norwich warning others to be careful after her pet was attacked there by two Staffordshire bull terriers.
Lisa Chettleburgh, from Drayton, was with her fiance’s family when her Lhasa Apso, Alfie was attacked on Thursday afternoon.
She said they were near the new skatepark when two staffies ran towards Alfie, who is about 18 months old, grabbing him around the neck and shaking him.
Her fiancee kicked one of the dogs attacking the pet, which the family believe might have saved their dog’s life.
She said: “Our dog was extremely lucky. But we are putting up these posters around the park to let other people with dogs know what happened, and to warn them that this man takes his dogs to the park.
“We are putting a photograph on the poster that was taken of a man and his dogs after the attack.
“We just want him to know that what happened was unacceptable.
“When it happened we shouted at him to get the dogs off our dog, but he did not do anything. He did not even apologise.
“Alfie luckily was not badly injured, but we will still probably have to take him to the vet for a check-up.”
Miss Chettleburgh, 26, an office worker in Norwich, reported the incident to the police, and a spokesman said that they were aware of the incident and enquiries were under way.
A spokesman said: “We were called to the park area just before 4pm to reports that a male was with two dogs that appeared to be out of control.”
It comes after calls were renewed for further action on dangerous dogs in Norwich after it emerged hospital admissions due to dog bites were on the rise.
In 2010/11, there were 6,120 hospital admissions resulting from dog injuries in England, according to data from the NHS Information Centre.
This is up 5pc on the previous year and represents the most serious injuries requiring a hospital stay, not just those cases seen in A&E.
In the NHS Norfolk area, which does not include Great Yarmouth, there were 84 cases in 2009/10 in which serious injuries requiring a hospital stay were sustained as a result of being injured by a dog and 85 the following year.
Norwich South MP Simon Wright has raised the issue in a parliamentary debate on dangerous dogs, calling on local authorities and the government to take further action.
In July Iain De-Bozie, then nine, suffered serious injuries to his right arm after he was attacked by a dog.
Iain was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital following the attack and underwent a two-hour operation to repair the damage to his arm. A man has been charged with failing to control a bulldog in relation to that incident, and will appear in court on August 25 to be commieed to the crown court.
Has your pet been attacked in Norwich? Call reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.