WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES Karen Waddington, a mother of five, watched in horror as an aggressive dog grabbed her puppy by the neck and tossed him violently
A dog owner was left traumatized after her pet’s neck was ripped open during a horror attack by a “runaway” dog.
Karen Waddington, 47, was walking her Staffordshire bull terrier, Buster, when the violent incident took place.
A large white Akita came running around the corner and immediately pounced on her 12-year-old pet before viciously tossing him around like a rag doll.
The horrifying incident happened last Tuesday (June 7) in Hawick, Scottish Borders.
The mother-of-five watched in horror as the aggressive dog grabbed Buster by the neck and violently threw him around.
A neighbor then ran out of their nearby home and tried to hit the dog so that it would release the other dog, den Daily record reports.
The relentless onslaught only ended when the Akita’s male owner appeared on the scene.
Disturbing images show Buster’s fur covered in blood after his throat was completely torn open.
Meanwhile, another picture shows Buster post-surgery, showing his neck sewn back together.
Karen reported the incident to both Scottish Police and the SSPCA but claimed there was no investigation at this time.
“That day, as usual, we checked that there were no dogs around at all,” Karen said.
“As soon as I let him off the leash, a huge white Akita came around the corner on a retractable leash. It was like flying.
“He was being flung around his neck like a rag doll.
“Flesh was torn from him, it was lying on the grass. I remember saying, ‘He’s going to kill him, he’s going to kill him’.
“I screamed. There was blood and fur everywhere. A neighbor came to help and hit him, but he wouldn’t let go.
“The woman whose dog it was ran to get her husband and didn’t come back.”
She added: “Then this guy in an orange vest came around the corner and yelled at the Akita and he dumped Buster.
“He had a drain put in his shoulder after surgery to drain fluid and was on ketamine for three days.
“SSPCA will not do anything about it and police said there was nothing they could do about it.
“What if it was a child? I’m traumatized. He is such a sweet and adorable dog, I hope this doesn’t change him.”
Karen shared disturbing images of Buster’s injuries on Facebook last Wednesday, writing: “Warning graphic images but just a small update on Buster.
“As you can see he’s the biggest softie, the two photos after that were right after the attack and the last two were the ones the vet had to take.
“He got drainage, extensive wounds all connected. The vet said he was a very lucky boy as the Akita missed all major vessels.
“He’s in agony, hasn’t touched water since, but hopefully is on the mend now.
“Thanks to everyone who has been concerned. I don’t think I or Buster will get that from our memories.”
The post has since garnered hundreds of comments from viewers who were shocked by the alleged attack.
Jill Mitchell said, “Oh my god, poor little soul. I hope he recovers soon, bless him. That makes me so angry, that’s what happens when the wrong people own Akitas, it’s so sad. It should never have happened, just awful.”
Valerie Jubb said: “This is terrible – a terrible thing to happen and to witness. I hope Buster recovers – hug him gently from me.”
Linda Mackie, who is believed to have witnessed the attack, said: “It’s horrible, I thought someone was going to be murdered.”
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Susan MacRae said: “My heart goes out to you both! What a scary experience for you and your beautiful boy! I wish him and you a speedy recovery from your horrible ordeal.”
On Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the SSPCA told the Daily Record: “We don’t enforce any dog or dangerous dog control laws so we wouldn’t look into that.
“We would suggest contacting Police Scotland about this incident.
Police Scotland were contacted by The Mirror for comment.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dog-owner-traumatised-after-pets-27247509 Dog owner traumatized after pet's neck was ripped open by 'runaway' Akita