Family pet hurt in dog attack

FOUR children are recovering today after they witnessed a ferocious dog attack in an Ipswich park.The youngsters were walking in Christchurch Park on Sunday evening when pet dog Saffy was mauled by two alsations.

FOUR children are recovering today after they witnessed a ferocious dog attack in an Ipswich park.

The youngsters were walking in Christchurch Park on Sunday evening when pet dog Saffy was mauled by two alsations.

The 18-month-old labrador whippet cross suffered an eight inch wound to her side which left her in need of medical treatment.

Today the mother of three of the youngsters, who wishes to remain anonymous, has spoken of her anger at the incident.


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She said: "An eight inch wound would have been the whole of the face of a child.

"We usually avoid these dogs when we are in the park because they don't seem like nice dogs."

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Her three children who are aged three, four and six were walking in the park with their grandmother, aunt and her baby when the incident took place.

She added: "The children are over it now because they understand she is getting better but one of them couldn't sleep after.

"The dog is very shaken up and she has a drain in her side. The bite went right through to her rectus muscle and nearly nicked her bowel.

"The owners were saying the dogs were only playing and were quite aggressive to my mother-in law."

The woman's mother-in-law who was in the park at the time of the attack claimed "it was all over in one quick flash."

She said: "We were walking along about 20 yards from the gate and the puppy was running around with the children.

"The alsations were sitting by and got up. They looked as if they were playing when suddenly they went in and the dog yelped. There was a big triangle in its side."

The woman then claims she was approached by the owner who said the dog had been nosed rather than bitten.

Saffy was taken to a vet who confirmed the flesh had been ripped rather than bitten.

She hasn't been out since the incident and the family are now concerned about how she will react to other dogs.

Police are currently investigating the incident which took place between 5-6pm on Sunday . No arrests have been made.

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