AN out-of-control dog left both an innocent pet pooch and his owner needing medical treatment after they were attacked during a walk.
Peter Priddle, 61, of Aboyne Square, Farrindon, was walking his mongrel dog Charlie near to North Moor fire station last Saturday when the dog emerged from bushes.
“We were having our usual walk as a rather large staff-type dog just appeared out of the bushes and that was it,” the grandad-of-three told the Echo.
“It just launched at my dog, shaking him about and just refused to let go. I had to keep hitting the dog to get it off my dog”
Now the delivery driver has been signed off work for up to six weeks after fracturing a bone in his hand as he tried to save his eight-year-old pet.
Mr Priddle and his wife Irene, 57, have been left with a vet’s bill of hundreds of pounds as their beloved pet had surgery for his injuries.
Charlie is still needing further treatment and has been left timid and scared of going out. “He has been a bit lethargic since the attack and a little quiet,” Mr Priddle said. “He is still on medication for the pain and is very worried if he even sees another dog.
“He has always been full of beans so it’s not like him at all. He is very shocked as I was. I keep saying to my wife that I’m not scared of it happening again, but now I’m always on the look-out.”
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report that 60-year-old man’s dog had been attacked by another dog while walking on North Moor Road, Plains Farm.
“The man’s dog received a bite to his back while he also suffered a hand injury from fending off the other dog.
“We have spoken to both dog owners and enquiries are ongoing into the incident.”