Concerned dog owner warns others of dangerous predator after traumatic mauling on Penarth railway path
1:05pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Penarth news
A LOCAL dog walker has warned others to beware of a “very dangerous dog” which left his Lancashire Heeler in need of emergency surgery and him in hospital for two days.
Martin Davies was walking his “tiny” dog along the railway path, near Sully Terrace, on Saturday afternoon (August 17) when the animal – which he described as a sandy brown and white coloured pitbull-like breed - pounced, mauling his dog by the throat.
With help from the dog’s owner, Martin was eventually able to unclamp its jaws but not before his pet started to suffocate.
Martin said the attack, which occurred around 3pm, had had a profound impact on him and he voiced his concern for other dog walkers who use the route, particularly the elderly.
“I would not want anyone else to go through what we did,” he said. “It was traumatic and an elderly lady would not have coped in such a situation.”
He said a 999 call had been made by another party who had witnessed the attack, but the police have said there is no case to answer.
Mr Davies believes the government guidelines on dangerous dogs suggests action should be taken though.
“The owner tried to help me instantly to be fair but this dog was a killer,” he said. “It was built like a Rottweiler and it was not on a lead. I warn others people to be very careful if they see this animal.”
He said the man also had another dog, a jet black staffy. A four or five-year-old girl was also said to be present.
Mr Davies was left with broken fingers and in need of stitches for several lacerations. He was required to stay in hospital for fear of infection.
His dog is now at home recovering after surgery for “severe” tissue damage, with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine to heal damage to its trachea.
A similar incident took place near Old Cogan Hall Farm in October last year.
A Vale of Glamorgan Council dog warden said at the time that dogs must be under full control at all times when in a public place, as the law states.
“People have to be aware of the law and if they cannot keep their dog under control without a lead then it must be on a lead at all times. We encourage everyone to be responsible dog owners,” they added.