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Woman and pet Jack Russell mauled in dog attack
A WOMAN and her dog were left bloodied and shaken after another dog attacked them in the street.
Julie Cleasby, 46, of Roseberry Avenue, Benfleet, was out walking her 18-month old Jack Russell, Bennie, when she said an American bull mastiff broke off its lead and came hurtling towards them in nearby Seamore Avenue, locked its jaws around Bennie’s chest.
In a desperate attempt to break the dogs apart, both owners wrestled with the dog to get it off, but were bitten in the tussle.
Julie was forced to go to hospital with deep puncture wounds to her hand. Bennie was also rushed to see a vet as he received multiple puncture wounds to his chest and leg.
Surgeons at Chelmsford’s Broomfield Hospital are now considering whether or not to operate on Julie’s hand after the wound became infected.
Julie said: “One minute I was minding my own business, watching the world go by and the next minute all hell had broken loose.
“The dog just came running towards us from the other side of the road and attacked Bennie. He had his jaws in his chest. I couldn’t believe it.
“I was so worried he could have been seriously hurt because you hear so many horrible stories about what dogs do to each other. Bennie was shaking like a leaf after it happened. It’s only today he’s got his bark back.”
The incident follows a series of dog-on-dog attacks in Great Wakering in the last few weeks, one of which saw two American bulldog crosses attacking a bichon dog.
Now Julie is calling for tighter controls on other owners who allow their dogs to harm people or their pets.
She said: “I will be writing to my MP, Rebecca Harris, about this because something needs to be done. It doesn’t bare thinking about if it was a child walking their dog instead of me.
“We are a nation of dog lovers, but people need to take more responsibility over their pets.”
Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris said: “The Antisocial, Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, which I have been voting on just this week in Parliament, is significantly tightening up the laws on dangerous dogs and more importantly their owners.
“The legislation will strengthen the existing Dangerous Dogs Act to make it much easier for police to deal with problem dog owners to prevent the all too horrific incidents we have witnessed recently.”
An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “Police were advised of an incident in Seamore Avenue, Benfleet where a Jack Russell dog was allegedly attacked
“It happened on Saturday, October 12.
“Officers are still making further inquiries.”
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