Police probe nasty attack by wild dog

RECOVERING -- Sally at home with Vicki -- DISPIC NHUD11-3383-1.
RECOVERING -- Sally at home with Vicki -- DISPIC NHUD11-3383-1.

A FAMILY dog — and its owner — are nursing injuries at their Hucknall hame after they were both attacked by an out-of control Staffordshire bull terrier.

Vicki Thornley (20), of George Street, was walking six-year-old Jack Russell Sally on St Mary’s Way in the town when the pet was savaged. Now police are probing the attack.

A shocked VickI tried to pull the Staffordshire off and was bitten on the hand.

The attacking dog only released its grip when a member of the public came to the rescue and kicked it. The Staffordshire then fled.

Vicki rushed Sally home with a gaping wound on the dog’s hind leg. Her stepfather, Alan Clark, applied an antiseptic powder before rushing the dog to the Buckley House vets’ surgery on West Street in Hucknall.

Alan said: “When Vicki came through the door, she was just screaming that Sally had been bitten. We were all completely shocked.

“It’s disgusting. Our first thought was to get Sally to the vet’s.

“Thankfully she is OK but this could have been a lot worse. I can’t understand why people let their dogs run wild.”

Sally has been put on a course of antibiotics to prevent infection in the wound, while Vicki has undergone similar treatment after visiting her doctor.

The family understand that another Jack Russell was attacked on St Mary’s Way on the same day.

Now Alan (46) is planning to contact the RSPCA. The police have been alerted and are investigating.

The dog that attacked Sally is described as black and white and was wearing a black collar with gold studs on it.

Anyone with information is asked to ring the non-emergency police number of 101 or the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.