Family left shaken after pet dog savagely attacked

Watford Observer: Eight-year-old Abbey was walking with her owners, June and Holly Stapleton, of Pinner Road, Oxhey. Eight-year-old Abbey was walking with her owners, June and Holly Stapleton, of Pinner Road, Oxhey.

A small dog was savagely attacked in Oxhey Park on Thursday.

The eight-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Abbey, was walking with her owners, June and Holly Stapleton, of Pinner Road, Oxhey.

At about 1pm, as they were leaving the park and walking onto Eastbury Road, a large tan and white dog, believed to be an American Bulldog cross, attacked Abbey.

June, 57, said they had walked around the corner when they heard a scream. As they turned around they saw the animal bounding towards them, lead trailing, without an owner.

June said: "The dog pulled us both down. There was blood everywhere and it had our dog in its mouth."

Abbey, who weighs about six kilograms, sustained multiple injuries, including broken ribs, chest cavity damage, cuts on her head and puncture marks all over her body.

June and Account Assistant, Holly, 22, said they passed the large dog as they were leaving the park.

Holly said the dog had pink markings on its face, and was originally with a young man and woman, in their late teens or early twenties, but no owner came to help at the time of the attack.

Stood near a lane of traffic, June said: "I was shouting ‘someone help’ when a man and a woman got out of their cars."

While the man restrained the dog, June and Holly got into the lady’s car with Abbey and headed to Blythwood Vets, Pinner.

Holly said: "The vet said she was lucky to be alive. She was a bloody mess.

"They usually don’t operate when the dog is in shock, but they had to. They were worried her lung was going to collapse, and even after surgery, they didn’t give her a chance to make it through the night."

June was also injured in the attack and had to go to Mount Vernon Hospital for treatment of her left hand.

She said: "Blood was seeping through my glove and there was blood everywhere."

Abbey went home from the vets on Friday afternoon.

But mother and daughter said she is not out of the woods yet, and they are concerned that, even if she does recover, she will be scarred emotionally.

Recalling the incident, June said: "We have been having nightmares about it. Just talking about it is making me shake."

Both June and Holly want to thank the man and woman who came to their aid, but are unable to contact them because they do not have their details.

June added: "If it was not for them our dog would be dead, there is no doubt about it."

The owners are described as a man with cropped dark hair and the woman with dark red/brown hair which was worn in a ponytail. She was wearing a long dark coat with a hood, possibly with a fur trim.

PC Chloe Taylor, said: “Two people stopped to help the woman and took her and her dog to the vets. As yet we haven’t spoken with these people and I am keen to trace them. If this was you please contact me.

“I would also like to appeal to anyone who saw what happened or who can offer any assistance in identifying the two people described to contact police.”

Anyone with information contact Herts Police on 101 quoting crime reference number C1/13/932. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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12:13pm Wed 27 Feb 13

garston tony says...

I hope they get the owners, as bad as this attack on this poor animal was it could have been an attack on a child and owners who cant or wont control their animals need to have the book thrown at them.
I hope they get the owners, as bad as this attack on this poor animal was it could have been an attack on a child and owners who cant or wont control their animals need to have the book thrown at them. garston tony

12:34pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Andrew1963 says...

Controlling out of control dogs should be a priority - and yet people go on about culling foxes!
Controlling out of control dogs should be a priority - and yet people go on about culling foxes! Andrew1963

1:24pm Wed 27 Feb 13

highhigh says...

Should have to have a licence for something as powerful as an American Bulldog, cross breed or not. It must have been a horrible experience for the family and most importantly the poor dog. I hope the aggresive dog is destroyed and the owners heavily fined.
Should have to have a licence for something as powerful as an American Bulldog, cross breed or not. It must have been a horrible experience for the family and most importantly the poor dog. I hope the aggresive dog is destroyed and the owners heavily fined. highhigh

4:05pm Wed 27 Feb 13

abbotshornet says...

How very upsetting and scary for the poor dog and owners.
We don't know if the attacking dog is of an illegal breed but it sounds like one of the breeds that is used as a "status" dog. I hope the owners of this obviously dangerious animal are caught and punished.
How lucky that kind and helpful people were around and able to assist.
How very upsetting and scary for the poor dog and owners. We don't know if the attacking dog is of an illegal breed but it sounds like one of the breeds that is used as a "status" dog. I hope the owners of this obviously dangerious animal are caught and punished. How lucky that kind and helpful people were around and able to assist. abbotshornet

10:39pm Wed 27 Feb 13

paulinekia says...

i wish the June an Abbey a speedy recovery and hope there is no lasting damage from this attack.

i have an american bulldog and fully agree these are big powerful animals but it does appear the dog who attacked them was not on a lead, because if it was it should have been under control by its owner.

it would seem that the person who owns this dog is not a responsible owner and does need to be caught as any attack on a human or another animal is very distressing.

thank goodness someone stopped and assisted

can i just please point out that not all big `bully` type dogs are `status` dogs some are simply pets owned by responsible owners but i know i will now get comments from strangers in the street about my ownership of such a dog

i wish June and Abbey well
i wish the June an Abbey a speedy recovery and hope there is no lasting damage from this attack. i have an american bulldog and fully agree these are big powerful animals but it does appear the dog who attacked them was not on a lead, because if it was it should have been under control by its owner. it would seem that the person who owns this dog is not a responsible owner and does need to be caught as any attack on a human or another animal is very distressing. thank goodness someone stopped and assisted can i just please point out that not all big `bully` type dogs are `status` dogs some are simply pets owned by responsible owners but i know i will now get comments from strangers in the street about my ownership of such a dog i wish June and Abbey well paulinekia

12:00am Thu 28 Feb 13

highhigh says...

paulinekia wrote:
i wish the June an Abbey a speedy recovery and hope there is no lasting damage from this attack.

i have an american bulldog and fully agree these are big powerful animals but it does appear the dog who attacked them was not on a lead, because if it was it should have been under control by its owner.

it would seem that the person who owns this dog is not a responsible owner and does need to be caught as any attack on a human or another animal is very distressing.

thank goodness someone stopped and assisted

can i just please point out that not all big `bully` type dogs are `status` dogs some are simply pets owned by responsible owners but i know i will now get comments from strangers in the street about my ownership of such a dog

i wish June and Abbey well
It is actually quite positive when owners of such dogs make comments like this. You are probably the majority but are tainted with the minority. I have a german shepherd which thankfully has not shown any form of aggression. Although i still think that certain dogs should require licences or atleast some sort of monitoring, in the wrong hands these dogs are weapons
[quote][p][bold]paulinekia[/bold] wrote: i wish the June an Abbey a speedy recovery and hope there is no lasting damage from this attack. i have an american bulldog and fully agree these are big powerful animals but it does appear the dog who attacked them was not on a lead, because if it was it should have been under control by its owner. it would seem that the person who owns this dog is not a responsible owner and does need to be caught as any attack on a human or another animal is very distressing. thank goodness someone stopped and assisted can i just please point out that not all big `bully` type dogs are `status` dogs some are simply pets owned by responsible owners but i know i will now get comments from strangers in the street about my ownership of such a dog i wish June and Abbey well[/p][/quote]It is actually quite positive when owners of such dogs make comments like this. You are probably the majority but are tainted with the minority. I have a german shepherd which thankfully has not shown any form of aggression. Although i still think that certain dogs should require licences or atleast some sort of monitoring, in the wrong hands these dogs are weapons highhigh

1:32pm Thu 28 Feb 13

paulinekia says...

highhigh wrote:
paulinekia wrote:
i wish the June an Abbey a speedy recovery and hope there is no lasting damage from this attack.

i have an american bulldog and fully agree these are big powerful animals but it does appear the dog who attacked them was not on a lead, because if it was it should have been under control by its owner.

it would seem that the person who owns this dog is not a responsible owner and does need to be caught as any attack on a human or another animal is very distressing.

thank goodness someone stopped and assisted

can i just please point out that not all big `bully` type dogs are `status` dogs some are simply pets owned by responsible owners but i know i will now get comments from strangers in the street about my ownership of such a dog

i wish June and Abbey well
It is actually quite positive when owners of such dogs make comments like this. You are probably the majority but are tainted with the minority. I have a german shepherd which thankfully has not shown any form of aggression. Although i still think that certain dogs should require licences or atleast some sort of monitoring, in the wrong hands these dogs are weapons
thank you
i do agree there should be some form of licencing
my dog is chipped an holds full insurance
but even with these in place without responsible ownership anything can happen
[quote][p][bold]highhigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paulinekia[/bold] wrote: i wish the June an Abbey a speedy recovery and hope there is no lasting damage from this attack. i have an american bulldog and fully agree these are big powerful animals but it does appear the dog who attacked them was not on a lead, because if it was it should have been under control by its owner. it would seem that the person who owns this dog is not a responsible owner and does need to be caught as any attack on a human or another animal is very distressing. thank goodness someone stopped and assisted can i just please point out that not all big `bully` type dogs are `status` dogs some are simply pets owned by responsible owners but i know i will now get comments from strangers in the street about my ownership of such a dog i wish June and Abbey well[/p][/quote]It is actually quite positive when owners of such dogs make comments like this. You are probably the majority but are tainted with the minority. I have a german shepherd which thankfully has not shown any form of aggression. Although i still think that certain dogs should require licences or atleast some sort of monitoring, in the wrong hands these dogs are weapons[/p][/quote]thank you i do agree there should be some form of licencing my dog is chipped an holds full insurance but even with these in place without responsible ownership anything can happen paulinekia

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