Shocked puppy in horror dog attack

Sue Ballantyne and her grand daughter with Wilkie at Ashton Park
Sue Ballantyne and her grand daughter with Wilkie at Ashton Park
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A puppy was left injured and shaken after it was attacked on a Preston park.

Sue Ballantyne was walking Wilkie, a potential breeding dog who lives at a house in Preston, in Ashton Park with two of her own dogs Shane, an-eight-year-old Golden Labrador, and Blue, a nine-year-old Black Labrador.

She said they were heading back to her car when a man, who appeared to be in his 20s, started swearing and shouting at her to put her dogs back on their leads otherwise his Staffordshire Bull Terrier would attack.

The grandmother-of-four, from Galgate, Lancaster, said: “I’ve been going to that park walking guide dogs for 12 months and I’ve never had trouble before.

“Wilkie wasn’t quick enough to turn. By this time, the guy had put his dog on the lead but he just stood there and he let him lunge and grab Wilkie by the head.

“He stood there and let him attack. I went and tried to get him off but just couldn’t at all.

“He was shaking him like he was a rag doll in his mouth. He punctured his face. I was screaming at him. The noise that was coming out of Wilkie’s mouth was awful.

“That dog should be put down and the man should be penalised. I feel very angry.”

Wilkie suffered a cut below his eye and was left in shock by the attack.

The former care assistant started looking after guide dogs after she retired from her job four years ago.

She looks after them for the first 12 months of their lives and regularly walks guide dog puppies. She added: “All guide dogs are very precious. They are people’s eyes, they change their lives.”

Graham Smith, from Guide Dogs for the Blind, said there has been an increase in attacks on guide dogs in recent years.

He said: “I think it’s a problem. In this particular case, one of our potential breeding stock. The value to the organisation of that individual dog is immense.

“From our point of view, our dogs are bred in such a way that we would not expect them to be challenging (other dogs). What we are trying to do is highlight that these dogs cost a lot of money to train and breed.

“What we are looking for is for people to be responsible.”

A police spokesman said the details of the attack were passed to Preston council’s dog warden.

A spokesman for Preston Council said: “We are going to keep an eye out on Ashton Park as much as possible.”