Grandad loses finger in 'traumatic' dog attack in Clayhall

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 May 2017

Trevor Jeremiah with his neighbour's dog Jo Jo.

Trevor Jeremiah with his neighbour's dog Jo Jo.


A grandad was left "traumatised" when part of his finger was bitten off after he intervened when a Staffy savaged his neighbour's dog.

Jo Jo's fur was covered in blood.Jo Jo's fur was covered in blood.

The vicious incident occurred when Trevor Jeremiah, 78, was walking back from Clayhall Park down a walkway in Herent Drive with Jo Jo, a 14-month-old Cavapoo, and his own dog Madison when the Staff slipped its lead and attacked Jo Jo.

Trevor’s grandaughter Kirsty Spence said he had been left ‘completely traumatised’ by the incident.

“They were on their way down there and grandad had seen this lady before with a female dog, and it’s usually fine,” said Kirsty.

“All of a sudden this woman has screamed ‘run run run’ and as grandad turned ‘round the dog was charging towards Jo Jo.

“He tried to save the dog and in the midst of this the Staff has bitten off grandad’s finger.

“During this the owner of the Staff is screaming ‘I’ll pay for the damage’ but grandad’s thinking ‘my finger has fallen off’.”

“Jo Jo was shaking in her boots, she was crying and all her fur was blood red and the other dog was stunned.”

Trevor managed to get the collar back on the unruly animal but was surprised when the owner simply walked away.

Trevor, who has a broken back from a Sky Diving accident, was taken to hospital for treatment but insisted that the paramedics drop Jo Jo off at a vets first - which they obliged.

The incident, on May 13, was reported to the police but the owner hasn’t stepped forward and Trevor and Kirsty are concerned a similar incident could happen to someone else unless the Staff is muzzled.

Fortunately Trevor is on the mend and is just glad Jo Jo wasn’t seriously hurt.

“It will get there,” said Trevor. “What with a broken back and all I’m fine, I got over the trauma but it was very traumatic.

“It’s only a small lovely little dog and I thought the Staff had it around the neck and you’ve only got a minute to make a decision.

“I intervened and unfortunately I got bitten.”

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