The owners of a family dog which was viciously attacked on a popular walking path say she is ‘lucky to be alive’.
Anne Holt, from Baxenden, has warned owners to be on their guard after rescue dog Meg suffered horrific bites to her neck and chest, and had to undergo emergency surgery to save her life.
Anne’s son David was taking Meg for a walk along the old railway line path in Baxenden on Sunday, April 3, when she was set upon and savagely bitten by another dog.
Meg had been adopted from Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in Edenfield by the Holt family, and is a ‘very timid’ 11-year-old small collie breed.
When David, 30, and Meg were walking behind Hollins Technology College around 7pm, a large brown dog which was off the lead grabbed hold of Meg by the neck and refused to let go.
Anne, 63, said the owner had hit the dog to get it to release Meg, but it kept its jaws clamped around her neck.
She said: “It shook her and grabbed her by the neck, it meant to kill her.
“The owner starting punching it and screaming to get it to let go. Meg could have had her neck broken quite easily.”
Eventually it released her and Meg managed to escape.
The family rushed her to Armac vets in Bury, where she had to have emergency surgery which cost £700.
Anne added: “She has two very severe bites through her neck from front to back, five other bites all round and her chest was ripped open.
“All the tissue has been torn under her skin and the bites were so severe she had to have drainage tubes put in.
“I want to warn other dog walkers about the attack because she’s very lucky to be alive.”
Due to the severity of Meg’s injuries, David was not able to confront the owner. The incident has been reported to the Dog Warden service and Lancashire Constabulary.
Anne said that David has been left distressed by the attack. She said: “He’s very shook up by it, he said he’s not going down the old railway lines again.”