A RESILIENT Collie named Pepper is lucky to be alive after being viciously attacked by another dog in Shirley.
The incident took place when owner Colin Pettigrew was walking her last Wednesday (April 25) at 7am on Solihull Road.
He said Pepper had a “large piece of her throat ripped out” and was “lucky to be alive” after the bite nearly reached a main artery.
Pepper underwent emergency surgery and had to spend the night at the vets to monitor the wound which threatened to become infected.
The other dog, believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Tilly, was on a lead during the attack and overpowered its owner in a ‘frenzy’.
Mr Pettigrew branded the attacking dog ‘dangerous’ and claims the dog’s owner said he would have to put it down ‘this time’.
After being advised by the vet and other dog owners, Mr Pettigrew contacted the council and the police but they said they could not assist due to the limited information he could provide.
Mr Pettigrew adopted Pepper from a farm in Gloucester when she was a puppy and described her as part of the family.
He said: “It was a horrific experience for Pepper and I feel guilty that I could not do more to prevent it.
“The attack lasted around four minutes with my dog only able to break free once the piece of its neck was ripped out.
“The owner of the other dog fought to release Pepper and that is appreciated. However if this had happened previously, as I picked up from his comments during the attack, I do not understand why his dog was not muzzled.
“A muzzle would have prevented all of the trauma Pepper suffered and the anguish we have felt as a family.
“I would hate for any other dog to go through the type of attack Pepper suffered.
“I would urge the owner to get in touch and confirm what is being done about the dog that did this.
“It is a danger to other dogs and potentially children.
“My hope is that Pepper is not mentally scarred by this and that we will feel safe letting her out this summer being walked by our children, aged 13 and 12.
“Pepper is part of our family and watching her being torn apart was extremely upsetting.”
Pepper has returned home and she is being cared for by her family.
She is wearing a cone and had been fitted with a tube to drain any fluid from the wound.
Mr Pettigrew added: “Physically she appears to be recovering but we are concerned on how she will take to contact with other dogs and being outside again.
“Previously she has been very playful with other dogs and loves going for walks, playing in the park.”
The vet’s costs have also exceeded £1,000 and the family have appealed for the owner of the attacking dog to cover the substantial cost.
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