VET Barry White is warning pet owners to keep their pets under control after his terrier was viciously set upon by three large dogs.
The incident, which happened in Port Solent, has left Bedlington terrier Wolfie scared and shaken.
If dogs are not able to come back on call, they should be on an extendable lead or have a strap over their nose just in case they go near another dog or, even worse, jump up at a child.Barry White, vet and Port Solent resident
Mr White, 55, reported the attack to the police under the newly-revised Dangerous Dogs Act and is now speaking out to encourage others to do the same.
He said: ‘It’s important to make people aware that we all need to be careful with our animals.
‘The public needs to be aware that they need to be in charge of their dogs, as even if it simply scares, worries or intimidates another person or animal the owner can now be charged.’
Shockingly, the same three large dogs first attacked Wolfie four weeks ago, but luckily Mr White managed to get them off quickly.
He spoke to the dogs’ owner and warned him to keep them under control.
Then, one week later, the same three dogs set upon him again, causing Wolfie to break free and run out into the road, narrowly missing passing cars.
After the second attack, Mr White said he had no option but to report the owner to the police, who gave the man a warning.
Wolfie only suffered minor cuts in the attacks, but he is now scared when out walking.
Mr White, of Bryher Island, Port Solent, said: ‘When he sees a big dog he cowers.
‘His tail goes between his legs and he is scared.
‘I’m more vigilant when I’m out walking him now as I’m looking further ahead to watch out for other dogs.’
Mr White, who runs a franchise of Animals at Home, a pet care service which operates an ambulance for vets and other services, said that he has seen many incidents of dog attacks.
He said: ‘If dogs are not able to come back on call, they should be on an extendable lead or if they have a tendency to bully other dogs they should have a strap over their nose just in case they go near another dog or, even worse, jump up at a child. It is about being more in control.’