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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Owners sound alarm after pup is savaged by vicious loose dog in Barrow

THE owners of a 14-week-old puppy that was savagely attacked by another dog have warned that the vicious animal could still be at large.

Harvey the cavalier King Charles spaniel was being walked in Black Butts Lane, Walney at 4pm on Monday when he was set upon by what witnesses described as a Staffordshire bull terrier cross.

Harvey’s fearful owner, who did not want to be named, took him to the vet where he was X-rayed and kept in overnight.

Her daughter Amanda Beckett, 39, described the attack: “My mum didn’t see it coming.

“The dog was so fast, it grabbed Harvey by the throat and ran off with him and just shook him around. Harvey was obviously very distressed.”

Harvey suffered a partially torn throat and a three-inch cut on his back, both of which required stitches.

He was also treated for numerous smaller puncture wounds and injuries to his back legs.

The family now face a vet bill of £320 which is expected to increase after additional check-ups.

Mrs Beckett said: “He’s a bit timid and feeling a little sorry for himself. It’s not just the physical injuries.

“He’s only young and he could be scared of bigger dogs for the rest of his life.”

The other dog, which was wearing a collar, left the scene via Moor Tarn Lane as witnesses gave chase.

A local resident reported seeing the dog enter a garden and try to attack a cat moments before the incident.

Mrs Beckett is concerned that other pets could be attacked.

She said: “I’m really angry that this dog is still out there and that people can be so irresponsible.

“We wanted to get the word out because if this dog is still out there, is it going to attack another animal or maybe a child?”

The incident was reported to the police and the matter is being dealt with by Barrow Borough Council’s dog warden.

A spokesman for the council said: “We think it might be the same dog that was brought in as a stray recently.

“We don’t know for certain and the investigation is still ongoing.”

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