A woman recovering from a bone marrow transplant was attacked by a Staffordshire terrier in Leigh Road recreation ground as she fought to save the life of her savaged pet spaniel – only for the callous owners to walk away from the blood covered victims without offering any assistance.
The victim who does not wish to be identified was walking her five year-old Tibetan Spaniel, Phoebe in the park at around 4 pm last Thursday when a black Staffordshire terrier in a leather harness, which has been running loose, suddenly attacked the smaller dog, immediately fastening its teeth around the spaniels throat.
The woman had to force her hands into the terrier’s mouth in a desperate attempt to prise it’s jaws apart an act which lead to her receiving bite wounds.
The woman told Eastleigh News how she feared for her pet’s life:
I saw one of her eyes filling with blood – I assumed she had a brain haemorrhage; her tongue was hanging out, a dark blue colour and she was limp.
After the terrier was pulled off the woman found the spaniel’s heart had stopped breathing but she was able revive it using artificial respiration.
At the time the Park had been crowded with families enjoying some rare summer sunshine and several witnesses came forward to assist the victims.
One person photographed the dog owners as they made off whilst another drove the injured animal and owner to Riverside Veterinary Surgery in Bishopstoke.
Fortunately, both Phoebe and her owner are expected to make a full recovery but because owner recently had a bone marrow transplant and is prone to infection she has had to receive shots and has been put on a course of antibiotics.
Police Sargeant Chirs Spellerberg of Eastleigh Safer Neighbourhoods Team said:
“This was a particularly nasty incident which we are taking very seriously”
Police have been handed photographs taken at the scene and are investigating.
The owner, who says she is still traumatised by the ‘horrifying’ experience has pleaded for help to locate the dog and it owners:
“That dog is going to kill again; I don’t want to have a child’s blood on my conscience”
Anyone who witnessed the attack or has any information is asked to contact PC Woolridge at Eastleigh Police Station on 101. Alternatively, they can leave their information anonymously by ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by using the online form here .