Ther­apy dog hurt in at­tack

STAFFY’S CHARGE CAUSES EX­TEN­SIVE TIS­SUE DAM­AGE TO LULU

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jes­sica Ox­ford MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 11, 2015

MT DRUITT Hospi­tal pa­tients are with­out one of their beloved ther­apy dogs af­ter it was at­tacked by an­other dog in Leth­bridge Park.

Ne­pean Ther­apy Dogs vol­un­teer Is­abelle Boyd was walk­ing her two dogs, Mandy and Lulu, along Hather­ton Rd, Leth­bridge Park, on Oc­to­ber 29 when she said an amer­i­can stafford­shire ter­rier cross jumped the fence and lunged at them.

Mrs Boyd said she grabbed Lulu, a two-year-old papillon, but the staffy sank its teeth into Lulu’s back legs.

“If I hadn’t grabbed her, the dog would have torn her head off,” Mrs Boyd said.

Mandy, a 10-year-old mal- tese ter­rier, was spared but Mrs Boyd suf­fered scrapes on her el­bows from try­ing to re­lease the dog’s grip.

“I came down on the ground and I was scream­ing,” she said.

“I al­ways carry a stick and was bash­ing into him and that’s what re­leased him.

“I’ve walked this area for 20 years. I’ve never had any­thing hap­pen like this.”

Mrs Boyd said Lulu had bright­ened the lives of hospi­tal pa­tients for two years.

On the day of the at­tack, Lulu was due to visit the hospi­tal with her fel­low ther­apy dogs.

The at­tack spared Lulu from any bro­ken bones or in­ter­nal bleed­ing but she suf­fered ex­ten­sive tis­sue dam­age.

Her wounds split open on Thurs­day and her tail may need to be am­pu­tated.

A coun­cil spokes­woman con­firmed the dog had been sur­ren­dered by its own­ers and eu­thanased.

Is­abelle Boyd with her dog Lulu, who was at­tacked.

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