The woman was walking her greyhound when another dog ran over and grabbed the poor pooch by the throat, dragging him and his owner into the street and causing them to fall
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A suspected pit bull terrier dragged a 60-year-old woman into the street and onto the ground when he attacked her greyhound, seriously injuring him.
The scary incident happened while the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was walking her dog Jamie in Thatto Heath Park, St Helen’s, Merseyside on Saturday (May 21).
The other dog, which police suspect is a pit bull terrier, a prohibited breed, ran up to Jamie and grabbed his throat, according to a member of the owner’s family.
They told that Liverpool echo : “An elderly couple with two dogs were in the park off a leash, the Staffy-type dog ran right over and grabbed Jamie by the throat, dragging him and my mom into the middle of the street.
“My mum was on the floor and to be honest she’s not feeling well. I thought she was going to have a heart attack.”
Witnesses and Jamie’s owner attempted to intervene.
Passing people got out of their cars to help and a young man was trying to free Jamie when the dog grabbed its jaw tightly, seriously injuring the older dog.
They added: “A young lad got my mother’s walking stick and tried to pry open his jaw, but he wouldn’t let go.
“Jamie screamed and everyone around him who saw it screamed and cried.
“The staffy’s owner tried to open his jaws and he let go of Jamie for a second so Jamie ran down St John’s Street but the staffy got free and caught Jamie again, grabbing his neck and legs, his ear face and just got stuck on Jamie’s jaw.”
The young man eventually managed to stop the dog’s attack by “jumping on him” and freeing Jamie.
Jamie suffered serious injuries, including a broken jaw, and was taken to the vet for surgery.
A speaker for Merseyside Police said: “Officials have issued a warning after an incident near Thatto Heath Park on Saturday 21st April.
“Around 1.35pm it was reported that a woman had been bitten while trying to restrain her suspected pit bull dog on Elm Road when it attacked a greyhound.
“The suspected pit bull, who was not on a leash, then ran away but was later seized on Crossley Road by his other owner, a man in his 60s.
“The owner, a 60-year-old woman, sustained injuries to two fingers and was taken to hospital for treatment.
“The greyhound was brought in for veterinary treatment for a broken jaw, broken teeth and wounds on his back.
“Officials have confiscated the dog, which is believed to be a prohibited Pit Bull-type breed.
“The owner will take part in a police questioning at a later date.”
Community Policing Inspector Stacey Pope said: “This incident would have been traumatic for both the owner, who sustained serious injuries to her fingers, and the greyhound’s owner, who was left very distressed.
“Fortunately, the suspected pit bull was caught a short time later before he could cause any further harm to anyone else and has now been confiscated.
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