Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Woman’s plea after toy dog is attacked

A WOMAN has appealed to dog owners to ensure their pets are trained after her toy

A WOMAN has appealed to dog owners to ensure their pets are trained after her toy poodle was attacked by another dog.

Peanut, who is four, suffered three wounds in the attack, which happened in Turville Heath while Inge Mikkelsen was on holiday and her dog was being looked after by friends.

Ms Mikkelsen, 70, of Bowling Court, Henley, returned from Denmark to discover her pet was being treated by a vet. She was told by police that the other dog had been destroyed.

Ms Mikkelsen said: “There are too many people who do not know how to train their dogs properly and they can be a menace.”

The attack took place on August 21 while Peanut was being looked after by Steve Walde, from Wheatley, who suffered puncture wounds in his hand when he intervened.

Mr Walde and his partner Audrey Parsons were with a group of ramblers on a walk through Turville and had taken Peanut as she regularly joins Ms Mikkelsen on walks with the Henley and Goring Ramblers.

Ms Mikkelsen said: “A male dog jumped through a fence and started a completely unprovoked attack. He had Peanut in his jaws.

“Everybody jumped on the dog to try to get it off Peanut. Steve actually prised the jaws open but was bitten in the process. Someone phoned the police and someone else called a vet.”

Peanut, who is less than 18in tall and weighs only 8lb, was

wrapped in tinfoil cloak and a jacket to keep warm and then taken to Cherry Tree Veterinary Practice in Lane End where the cuts were cleaned and sewn up. One cut about 10cm long.

Ms Mikkelsen said: “They are very deep muscular wounds. The attack did not puncture her lung or break any bones.

“When it happened she was in shock, which is very dangerous for small dogs because it can kill them but it was okay because they got her to the vet so quickly.”

Ms Mikkelsen, who was in Copenhagen at a family wedding, did not find out about the attack until the day after it happened when her friends called her.

Sh said: “I was more concerned about my friends because they were so distraught and felt really guilty. I spent time convincing them there was no need to feel guilty because if it had been me on my own with the dog she would probably be dead.”

She was reunited with Peanut on Friday when the dog was discharged from the vets.

Ms Mikkelsen said: “My friends came with me because they have been dealing with it and I felt it was important they were there as well.

“They have absolutely fantastic and have done above what you would have of expected somebody who looks after your dog.

“It was like Peanut was their dog. I can’t praise them enough.”

Ms Mikkelsen, who bought Peanut after she moved to Henley from London five years ago, said she would carry her in a rucksack during her walks next week.

“I think she is going to get over it,” she said. “I haven’t taken her out yet because she is sleeping a lot, which is exactly what she needs.

“To begin with I will walk her on a lead but that will be in a few weeks. I have walked her around the estate and everyone has given her sympathy. One of the neighbours was crying and I’ve had emails.”

She repeated her appeal to owners, saying: “The only way to reduce the number of dog attacks is to train them and make people aware that a dog has to be trained.

“If a dog thinks someone else is top dog then it feels the need to defend its unit.”

She said that owners who were unsure whether their dog might attack should make it wear a muzzle.

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