Dog blinded by “Pit Bull-like” breed in Dagenham park attack
PUBLISHED: 08:31 14 May 2013
A woman’s beloved pet dog has potentially been blinded after being savagely attacked by another dog while they were walking in a park.
Eight-year-old Lennox was being walked on his lead by Terri Watson’s daughter Lucy in Valence Park when out of nowhere a dog leapt at him and latched onto his neck.
Lucy, 23, watched in horror as the dog, described as beige and white and part pit bull with a pink nose, took a big chunk out of Lennox’s throat and then began gnawing at his head.
She alleges a young boy of about 13 appeared and stood watching and when she asked him if it was his dog he ran off and the dog followed.
Lucy took Lennox, an Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier, home and mopped up the blood before taking him to the vet where it was discovered he had lost the sight in one eye and had partial vision in the other.
Owner Terri, 63, from Dagenham, was devastated, saying: “When he got to the vets he had a really low heartbeat and was bleeding behind the eyes.
“I thought I was going to lose him. Now the vet doesn’t know whether the vision in his right eye will come back or not.
“It is disgusting that a person could walk along with their dog on a lead and it is attacked like this. I’m so stressed out and so upset.
“I would like this dog found. The police said they would patrol Valence Park to see if they can find the dog but they said they might not have any luck.
“If the dog is running loose and it just goes off and attacks another dog for no reason, then it could also attack a child.”
The attack happened on Monday, May 6 at around 6.50pm.
Sgt Ian Lee, who investigates dangerous animals in the borough, said: “I am disappointed to be receiving increased reports of children being in charge of animals in public places that they can’t control.
“I urge dog owners to consider the legal proceedings that can arise from their animals being dangerously out of control in a public place.
n Anyone with information concerning the incident at Valence Park should contact Sgt Ian Lee on 020 7161 9477 or, to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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