Therapy dog hurt in attack
STAFFY’S CHARGE CAUSES EXTENSIVE TISSUE DAMAGE TO LULU
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.