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Bull terrier shook my dog like ragdoll
A DANGEROUS dog left roaming around a popular beauty spot launched a savage attack on a much-loved pet.
Melanie Corstorphine was horrified when the stray dog sunk its teeth into Teddy, her 11-year-old Bichon Frise, as she walked him along the cliffs at Leigh.
Two men, who spotted the attack in Grand Parade, jumped out of their cars and repeatedly kicked the animal until it eventually let go.
Mrs Corstorphine, 52, of Grand Parade, said: “The dog came up and started having a little sniff, as dogs do, and then it suddenly launched on to Teddy’s neck, like when dogs get a toy and shake it. He was like a ragdoll.
“I thought he was going to die, especially when these guys couldn’t get him off at first. I was so grateful to them because they could have been hurt themselves.”
Teddy suffered two puncture wounds to his neck, and was taken to the vet where he received antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.
But Mrs Corstorphine, who works as a district nurse in the Rochford area, said it had left both of them badly shaken.
She said: “He hasn’t been the same since – he has been lying in corners and wants to be quiet.
“I don’t know if he will want to go out again, and I don’t know if I’ll want to either. I was sick about three times that night because of the shock.”
She wants to warn people about the dog, which was off the lead and appeared to have no owner.
She describes it as like a Staffordshire bull terrier, but with a longer nose. The dog was white and had brown or grey patches.
It was with another small dog, but this did not take part in the attack.
Mrs Corstorphine also wanted to thank the men who helped.
She added: “I phoned the police, who said it’s a good job I reported it because it could be a child next time. If it got hold of a kid it would be awful.”
An Essex Police spokeswoman confirmed the attack, which happened at about 10am on Bank Holiday Tuesday.
She said: “The informant was advised this would be a civil matter only. However, police officers visited them and took details to try to assist in establishing who the owner of the other dog was.”
Anyone with information should call Leigh police on 101.
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