POLICE in Wellington were this week investigating an incident in which a dog launched a savage unprovoked attack on three other dogs as they were being walked in Rockwell Green.
Motorhome valet Shane Masland was just yards from his home in Westford Grange and close to a children's play area with his two rescue greyhounds and 14-year-old Patterdale terrier when the attack happened.
The two greyhounds were savaged so badly that emergency veterinary fees have left Mr Masland with a bill of nearly £1,200.
The vet who treated the dogs said one was lucky to be alive as he suffered a puncture wound just millimetres from his jugular vein.
Mr Masland said the attack dog appeared to be a Pitbull or Staffordshire bull terrier type of breed and had bolted from a nearby house when the front door was opened.
He told the Wellington Weekly: “There was five of us trying to get this dog off. Both my greyhounds were traumatised, and so was I, it was scary.
“I often walk my dogs with my four-year-old granddaughter.
“What if she had been with me, or if it was some of the kids on the estate around here who are walking dogs.
“If it had been a child then it would have killed their dog.”
Mr Masland said he approached the owner of the attack dog to ask for help with the veterinary bill but was not offered any.
One of his greyhounds, Jimmer, suffered nose wounds and had to have a tooth removed, while the veterinary report on the other, Jet, stated he was ‘lucky to be alive, a couple of millimetres from his main jugular vein, big wound which has to have a drain in place, puncture wounds close to all major arteries’.
His elderly Patterdale, named Tess, was traumatised but escaped any serious injuries.
Mr Masland said he tried twice to report the incident to police but was told they did not want to know about it because it was ‘dog on dog’ and ‘no human was bitten’.
However, three days later an officer was sent to interview him about it.
Mr Masland said: “We have posted it on social media to warn people about this dog because we do not know if it is going to attack anybody again.”
He said he also spoke with a housing manager from the estate landlords LiveWest, but was told there was nothing she could do.
The Wellington Weekly asked LiveWest to comment but did not receive a response.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman said: "Officers from the neighbourhood policing team visited a property in Westford, Wellington, after one dog bit another dog.
"They spoke with both the owners of the two dogs and were able to facilitate a community resolution which included the dog's owner completing a written undertaking to keep his dog under proper control.
"Both parties were happy with the resolution."