A vicious mauling by an out-of-control dog left a Retford couple’s beloved border collie needing stitches, and lumped them with a £300 vet bill.
Now they are warning other dog owners to be careful in case a similar attack happens.
Trevor Lynam, 54, was walking seven-year-old Katie down Randall Way, near the junction with Randall Park Way, when he saw a man ahead with a dog off the lead.
The dog, which he identified as a German shepherd, ran up and attacked Katie.
“No amount of shouting by the dog’s owner would recall the dog,” said Trevor’s wife Angela, 49, who works at Discount Pet and Animal Feeds on Northfield Way.
“When he finally caught up with the dog, he just picked it up and left.”
Angela said she was shocked and upset when Trevor arrived home with Katie and he told her what had happened.
“She has various cuts and puncture wounds to her legs. One is a large gash which needed stitches,” said Angela.
“She was in shock and very quiet for a while afterwards.”
“It makes me angry that someone could allow their dog to be off the lead, without a muzzle, when it can behave like that.”
“What would have happened if it had been an elderly person walking their dog, or a small child?”
Angela said they had reported the incident to their local police, but were told it was not a matter for them.
“They said it wasn’t something they would investigate because it was dog on dog,” she said.