A BLOOD-DONATING dog who helps save the lives of fellow canines needed treatment herself after a savage attack.
Beauty the greyhound underwent emergency surgery after being set upon by another dog in Sunderland’s Backhouse Park.
Now her worried owners are warning other dog lovers to be on their guard.
Beauty, who regularly donates to Pet Blood Bank UK, was in the park with owner Darren Fucile, 38, a retail manager, at about 4pm on Saturday.
The dad-of-two stopped to chat with a friend when a black Staffordshire Terrier-type dog wearing a red coat launched the vicious attack on Beauty.
Its owner apologised and left the park, while Beauty, an ex-racing dog, was rushed to an emergency vet’s in Felling, Gateshead.
She did not need a blood transfusion and is now recovering at the family home in Ashbrooke, Sunderland.
Owner Janine Fucile , 37, a data manager for St Aidan’s School, in Sunderland, fears vet’s bills could top £1,000 if their insurance company refuses to pay out.
She said: “She had a huge, gaping wound on her side. You could even see her ribs.
“We took her to the emergency vet’s, as ours was closed and they said if it had been further round on her abdomen then we could have lost her.
“She had emergency surgery Saturday night and is going back to our local vets for more treatment.”
Janine added: “We were worried, because it could have been a kid, if it has an inclination to bite.
“Our dog is so placid. For her just to be standing there, minding her own business and for another dog to lunge at her and give her a really nasty bite.
“We are probably looking at £1,000 (in vet’s bills) once we have had the check-up done.
“Luckily we have insurance, but we still have an excess to pay.”
The couple, who have a daughter, Alicia, 12, and a son, Joseph, 10 months, said both dogs were on leads at the time of the incident, which has been reported to police.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said inquiries were ongoing.