Muzzle plea after dog attack

PUBLISHED: 02:01 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

AN Otterton woman is calling for dog owners to keep their pets under control after her dog was attacked by another. Susan Goulding, of Maunders Hill, said she was walking her dog on a lead in Park Lane when a dog, being walked off the lead and in a group,

AN Otterton woman is calling for dog owners to keep their pets under control after her dog was attacked by another.Susan Goulding, of Maunders Hill, said she was walking her dog on a lead in Park Lane when a dog, being walked off the lead and in a group, charged at her pet, bearing its teeth as it ran.Ms Goulding said it was the third unprovoked attack on her dog and is calling for other owners to act responsibly and muzzle their pets if they know they are likely to attack."Although the owner of the dog was shaken and did apologise, it was a horrendous experience which unnerved me," said the Otterton resident."Thankfully, my dog was not badly injured. However, that was down to pure luck. I could have been bitten and, had I had a small child with me, it doesn't bear thinking about."If owners know their dog is liable to attack another, it should have a muzzle. That way the dog can be let off the lead to run free."This is the third unprovoked attack on my dog I have experienced in recent months."Unfortunately these types of incidents are far from rare. "One owner told me her dog had been left paralysed for six months and almost died after a dog-on-dog attack."Ms Goulding claimed her pet was attacked after a number of dogs being walked surrounded her dog before one went on the attack.She said she was helpless to intervene until the dog's owner pulled the attacking dog off.

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