A DOG owner has spoke of her traumatic ordeal after the family’s pet dog was mauled by a stray Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Karen Baldwin, 37, of Wheatley Lane, Winshill, said the attack on her six-year-old black Labrador, Mikey, has left the family in a state of shock.
To make matters worse, the family have paid £1,000 on vet’s bills for Mikey, who is now on the slow road to recovery.
Mrs Baldwin, said her husband, Andy, 46, had taken Mikey to the recreation ground off Tower Road, in Winshill, when the stary dog attacked.
She said: “It came from out of nowhere and sunk its teeth into Mikey’s back end.
“It must have gone on for five minutes. My husband was trying to get the dog off but he didn’t know what to do.”
Mr Baldwin managed to get the dog off Mikey with the help of a stranger.
Mrs Baldwin said: “It has been traumatic enough for our dog but without the other man who helped I don’t know what we would have done
“It took two grown men to get the dog off – it could have killed a smaller dog.
“I don’t blame the dog – I have nothing against the bread but it didn’t have a tag or a chip which is irresponsible of the owner.”
Karen said she then took Mikey, who ‘was in a bad way’, to the vets.
Mikey needed skin grafts to repair puncture wounds to his tail and leg in a procedure costing £993.
Mrs Baldwin said: “We have insurance but there’s no guarantee they will pay out and we still have to pay the excess.
The attack was reported to the police and the stray taken to the RSCPA who handed it over to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s dog warden.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said it was aware of the attack but would not take further action.
An East Staffordshire Borough Council spokesperson said it would keep the stay dog for seven days in the hope of the owner coming forward. It’s suitability for re-homing will then be assessed.