Dog owner's plea after attack

A DOG-lover has today called for owners to keep their animals on leads after her beloved pet was attacked in a park.Elizabeth Pratt, 27, said her five-year-old Labrador, Roxy, had been left badly shaken after two small pit bull-type dogs set on her in Landseer Park on Wednesday.

A DOG-lover has today called for owners to keep their animals on leads after her beloved pet was attacked in a park.

Elizabeth Pratt, 27, said her five-year-old Labrador, Roxy, had been left badly shaken after two small pit bull-type dogs set on her in Landseer Park on Wednesday.

Mrs Pratt said it was not the first time Roxy had been attacked by other dogs and she was now concerned about taking her for walks in the park, following a spate of recent dog-on-dog attacks.

Mrs Pratt, of Derwent Road, Ipswich, said: “We were walking into the wooded area of the park when I saw the two dogs coming out.

“I put my dog on its lead because it has happened before that these kind of dogs have attacked my dog.

“They weren't on leads and they ran over and jumped on my dog and attacked it.

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“Their jaws were locked and I couldn't get them off. I was hitting them on the head and I was screaming at the ladies who were with them but they were just looking on.

“I honestly thought she was going to die.”

Eventually the dogs let go of Roxy who was left frightened but not physically hurt.

Mrs Pratt said she was angry with the owners of the dogs, who said they could not afford leads, and said she thought dangerous dogs should be muzzled when out in public.

One of the aggressive dogs was also called Roxy and they were both girls.

The vicious dog attack follows another violent dog-on-dog savaging in October when Beverley Garnham's dog Keno was jumped on by two bull-mastiffs, also in Landseer Park.

Later that month a bull-mastiff attacked a spaniel in Orwell Country Park.

Does more need to be done to keep aggressive dogs under control? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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