A savage attack by a roaming Rottweiler at a children’s play area in Chesterfield has left a small dog mutilated and traumatised.
Now the angry couple who own the injured pet are offering a £50 reward for information that helps an investigation by police who want to find out who the Rottweiler belongs to.
“It was terrible and totally unacceptable,” said retired policeman Michael Bamford, 60, of Brockwell. “What if it had been a little child? It could have been a lot worse.”
The attack happened while Michael’s wife, Linda, 57, was walking their dog, Daisy, on a park at Edinburgh Road in Newbold at about 5.15 pm on Saturday, August 20.
“She was on a lead, but as they crossed the children’s play area, the Rottweiler appeared from nowhere and went at Daisy three times,” said Michael. “It was wearing a brown harness, but there was no sign of its owner. It made a right mess of Daisy, who is a mixed-breed cross between a Staffie and a pointer.
“Linda had an umbrella, but once these dogs get a grip, they won’t let go. My wife was frightened to death and thought it might turn on her.”
Eventually, the black and brown Rottweiler ran off. But Daisy had to be rushed to the Vets Now practice in Alfreton for emergency treatment that cost the Bamfords £2,000.
“She was so traumatised that they had to wait 24 hours for her heart rate to go down before they could operate on her,” said Michael. “She had several bite wounds and was shaking and bleeding. There was also internal damage to her muscles. She was put on drips, and needed stitches. She is still on medication.”
Daisy’s shredded nerves are particularly upsetting for the Bamfords because they rescued her from the RSPCA five years ago after she had been badly treated. “It took us so long to get her sorted,” said Michael. “This is sure to have an effect on her.” Anyone with information can ring Linda on 07732 707885.