Dog maimed by staffie in Clayhall Park attack

Karen Friddin and her yorkshire terrier Daisy who was attacked by a staffordshire bull terrier when

Karen Friddin and her yorkshire terrier Daisy who was attacked by a staffordshire bull terrier when they were out walking in Clayhall Park. Daisy was bitten on her back while being held by Karen, had to undergo surgery yesterday (photo: Arnaud Stephenson) - Credit: photo: Arnaud Stephenson

A dog was left needing major surgery after it was attacked in a park.

Yorkshire terrier Daisy who was attacked by a staffordshire bull terrier when out walking in Clayhal

Yorkshire terrier Daisy who was attacked by a staffordshire bull terrier when out walking in Clayhall Park. Daisy was bitten on her back while being held by Karen, had to undergo surgery yesterday (photo: Arnaud Stephenson) - Credit: photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Dog owner Karen Friddin, from Clayhall, was “traumatised” after her Yorkshire terrier Daisy was bitten by a dog in Clayhall Park, Longwood Gardens, Clayhall.

Karen, who had been out with her husband for a stroll, picked up Daisy when she saw the black and white Staffordshire bull terrier, which was not on a lead.

The large dog jumped up at Karen and maimed Daisy, who was in Karen’s arms.

Karen managed to escape without any injuries.

The dog owner said: “There was blood everywhere.

“Daisy was crying – it was so traumatic, it’s just awful. It all happened so quick and Daisy just started screaming.

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“The other dog would’ve killed her if I hadn’t had her in my arms.”

Karen rushed home and put Daisy, who went “straight into shock”, in a blanket.

She then took her dog to the vets following the attack, where Daisy had to undergo emergency treatment for her bitten back.

“All I wanted was to go for a nice walk with my husband and then this happened – you just don’t expect it to happen to you.”

She added: “Daisy’s one of the family, she’s like an additional daughter, she’s so friendly and she wouldn’t hurt anyone.”

Karen is now planning to start a petition to make sure dogs are kept on leads in the park, after the horrific attack, which took place on November 2 at about 3pm.

She said: “It’s a big problem in the park because no one’s using dog leads – I always make sure my dog is on a lead.

Daisy’s attack has left Karen anxious of other people’s dogs.

“This has changed my complete outlook on dogs now and I’m a dog lover.”

Police were called to the park following the incident but were not able to locate the owner of the attacking dog.

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