Dog ‘screeched’ in pain as it was savaged and left ‘shivering’ in horror park attack
A dog ‘screeched’ in pain and was left with a ‘deep gash’ after it was attacked by another canine in a brutal park attack.
Rachel Coakley, 31, is now desperately trying to track down the dog’s owner whose attack left a deep wound in her rescue dog’s side.
She said the incident happened on Friday when she and her boyfriend were out walking the six-year-old greyhound called Shadow in a Merseyside park, Liverpool Echo reports.
While at Taylor Park another dog, described as a “large grey short haired breed,” collided with the retired ex-racer and rescue dog.
Recalling the incident she said: “We were passing through a grassy area towards the back of the park. Around 10ft away there were two women sat with two dogs.
“One of the dogs was a large grey short haired breed similar to a Weimaraner and I think this is the dog that attacked Shadow.
“Shadow was off the lead. I let him off on grassy areas because I know he is not aggressive, I keep him on the lead on paths. As we were passing by the large grey dog bolted up and slammed into Shadow.
“Shadow screeched and ran to the path and then stopped. I ran to him whilst the other dogs owner was recalling her dog.
“Shadow was whimpering and shaking but I couldn’t see any blood and he was walking ok.
“The owner of the dog that attacked came over to me and was very apologetic and courteous and wanted to make sure Shadow was ok. She told me that her dog is always running and charging at other dogs.
“It was only ten minutes later I noticed Shadow kept trying to reach round to his side. I moved his harness aside and found a deep gash. It was hidden by his harness so I didn’t spot it earlier.
“I immediately called our local vet which thankfully is only a short walk away from the park and they saw him as an emergency case.”
Her boyfriend returned to the park to look for the other owner but she could not be found and the couple, who are insured, had to pay £700 for the operation and medication and a £99 excess fee.
Rachel said she now wants to find the owner to warn them and prevent another incident from taking place.
She said: “I was horrified, panicked and so angry and upset. My first reaction was panic and worry that Shadow was so hurt. I was annoyed at myself for not checking him owner more thoroughly when I was with the other dogs owner and that I hadn’t got her contact details.
“I just want the message to be shared that if you can’t control your dog and you know how reactive and aggressive they can be, then keep them on a lead to keep other dogs safe.
“I don’t know if this woman will come forward but if she is a responsible dog owner I hope she will. She needs to understand that if she knows her dog has aggressive tendencies and charges at other dogs then it must be kept on a lead.
“I’m worried that this incident will set Shadow’s confidence back to zero and we worked so hard to bring him out of his shell after we rescued him.”
Rachel has since reported the incident to Merseyside Police and said she’d like to speak to the owner to “explain what her dog has done and the damage it has caused.”
Rachel said: “As a pet Shadow is, like all greyhounds, sweet, gentle and loyal. He’s lazy and goofy. Greyhounds have brilliant temperaments which is one of the reasons we wanted to adopt one.
“Shadow is doing ok, he is on pain medication and antibiotics to prevent infection and he has an appointment tomorrow with the vet to check the wound. He is being a real trooper, he’s so brave and I’m so proud of him.”