Mum-of-four Nicola Bunney was walking her 11-month-old Labrador cross Dappy on the Town Moor, on Hartlepool’s Headland, when he was first kicked in the back leg and then slashed in the neck by a man who was walking a Yorkshire terrier.I suspect the disparity in dog size might have something to do with this. Well, either that, or the Yorkie owner is psychotic…
Nicola, 38, said that when the attack happened she was running towards them and from 150ft she heard Dappy make a loud yelp, although she did not immediately realise how serious his injury was.
An argument then broke out before Nicola was threatened by the man who said: “If you or your dog come near me again you are going to get worse.”The owner isn’t admitting that her dog was doing anything but being friendly, but then, she wouldn't, would she?
But I wonder if perhaps the Yorkie owner has read one too many of the almost daily cases of small dogs (or cats) attacked and even killed - with little in the way of action from the authorities and no responsibility taken on the part of the owner of the offending dog - that seem to be daily occurrences?
And has maybe decided to take no chances?
Grandmother-of-one Nicola, who works as a receptionist, reported the attack to police and took Dappy to the PDSA animal hospital, in Middlesbrough.And, ironically, the police will no doubt take an interest, whereas if her dog had savaged the Yorkie, even to death, they’d have simply shrugged.
Who can blame owners of smaller dogs for being a little defensive, these days? Or for deciding that if farmers can take preventive action to stop their livestock being attacked and killed, then perhaps they should do the same?