A staffie had to be hit over the head with a shovel to get it to unlock its jaw during an unprovoked attack on a Lassie dog in the middle of a park during the summer holidays.
Parson’s Close Recreation Ground in Leighton Buzzard was filled with playful children at around 2.30pm on Friday afternoon when witnesses were astounded to see the canine viciously bitten by a dog that had pulled free from its lead.
Pete and Janet Robinson of Duncombe Drive, Leighton, were on their daily stroll with rough collie Jake, when he was charged at and say they don’t know what they would have done without the help of strangers in the park.
Peter said: “The woman was trying to get him off but that was making him go for it even more. It was just clamping down its jaw even further being more aggressive.
“If it had managed to get its teeth around Jake’s head, it would have killed him for sure. If it had been a child, God knows what would have happened.
“Someone had to go to a nearby house and grab a shovel to hit the dog with; it was the only that that would get him off Jake.
“It caused quite a reaction. The police got there as quickly as they could and people were trying to keep the children back.
“The park was full of kids and families. It was very upsetting and unsettling but it could have been a lot worse.”
“If it wasn’t for the people who came to help I don’t know what would have happened. I am very grateful to them for their help and speaking to the police afterwards about what happened.
“You just wonder why these people have these sorts of dogs and don’t properly train them.”