Grat­i­tude af­ter dog at­tack hor­ror

Kwinana Courier - - Opinion -

ON a Sun­day af­ter­noon last month, I was talk­ing to a man with a rhode­sian ridge­back dog on the beach be­side the Safety Bay boat ramp when a large black dog came rush­ing up be­hind me and snatched my mi­croteacup poo­dle, who was stand­ing be­side me.

The large dog pinned my tiny dog be­neath its ch­est and kept bit­ing her while she screamed in pain. The own­ers ini­tially did noth­ing. I struck the big black dog across the back twice with my walk­ing stick as I feared it was killing my tiny poo­dle.

The dog kept pin­ning and bit­ing her.

The brave gen­tle­man with the rhode­sian ridge­back took a great risk and reached down to pull my tiny dog free.

I phoned the ranger and gave him a de­scrip­tion of the ag­gres­sive dog, but he could not find the cou­ple.

My dog was shocked and badly bruised by the un­pro­voked at­tack and suf­fered a febrile con­vul­sion due to the shock.

She is now trem­bling in fear if I try to take her for a walk on the beach, and is ter­ri­fied of other dogs.

This is not the first dog at­tack my tiny poo­dles have suf­fered from ir­re­spon­si­ble own­ers with large dogs.

I am for­ever grate­ful to the brave man who, at great risk to his own safety, grabbed Ebony out of the large dog's mouth.

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