THE owner of a cocker spaniel savaged by another dog has warned other pet owners to be on their guard.
Lindsay Black was taking Bonnie on her daily morning stroll through Bluebell Wood, in Clanfield, when a large Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog raced over to her and sank its teeth into her head.
Its grip was so strong that it would not release terrified Bonnie despite Mr Black’s screams and punches.
In the end the dog’s owner had to put a stick through its collar and twist until the dog was almost strangled before it would let go. Bonnie was left covered in cuts with her eyeball hanging out.
And to make matters worse, despite offering to pay for vets’ bills, the owner gave Mr Black a false name. Mr Black, 54, from Horndean, said: ‘I can barely put into words how awful it was. I felt completely helpless.
‘I could do nothing. I could not even open this dog’s jaws.
‘Even though I was shouting and shouting for help the owner just casually walked over and used a large stick through the collar as a sort of tourniquet.
‘My dog’s eye was pushed out. It was so horrific the man’s wife refused to look.
‘He told me there and then he walks his dog early because there are fewer people around.
‘He obviously knows the dog is a danger and it should not be off the lead.
‘What made it worse is he gave a false name. If I’d been thinking straight I would have taken his registration number.’
The dog owner is in his 40s and drove a dark Escort-type van. The dog is brown.
Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘We have a report of a dog being attacked in Bluebell Woods at around 6.10am on Wednesday, August 20.
‘There have been no arrests at this time and attempts are being made to identify the owner of the other dog.’
Contact PC Russell Peacock at Waterlooville police on 101.