Dog kills puppy and attacks owner in Cardiff park
A vicious dog attack on Saturday afternoon in Cardiff saw a 67-year-old woman badly injured and her 20-week-old puppy killed.
Speaking to Wales Online, Elaine Seaborn told of how she was walking her small Jack Russell terrier Jessie through Victoria Park in Cardiff at around 2.15pm, when they were confronted by a large “pit bull type” dog.
Ms Seabourne also said that the dog, which was apparently without its owner, appeared nice and friendly at first. However, the “pit bull” then suddenly attacked Jessie, and when Ms Seaborne attempted to intervene, she was dragged to the ground and bitten on the hand and arm a number of times.
She told the website: “All of a sudden there was a very loud bark. I saw the dog on its own. It was wagging its tail – it looked playful and friendly at first.
“Out of nowhere it just attacked, and it was horrific. It forced me to the ground and I screamed for help. Then someone shouted and it backed off.”
Jessie, the puppy, died from the injuries sustained and Ms Seaborne was taken on to the University Hospital of Wales, where she was treated for her wounds. She received tetanus shots and antibiotics.
Ms Seaborne then stated that her next priority is to see the violent dog put down.
The police have said that the 20 acre park is popular with families as well as dog walkers, and the attack at the weekend occurred at a busy time a short distance from a children’s play area.
According to South Wales Police, the dog responsible for the attack has been seized, however, the officers were still trying to trace its owner.
A police spokesperson said: “We arrived at the park in response to a call involving a nasty dog bite.
“Upon arrival, officers found that a woman had sustained serious injuries to her forearms. She required treatment in hospital after being attacked by a dog that had attacked and killed her own dog in the park.
On top of this, the police have also taken a number of statements from shocked eyewitnesses, however, they are still looking for members of the public to come forward with information.
The spokesperson added: “The dog responsible has been seized by police officers however the owner is yet to be identified.
“The dog seized by police is described as being of a pit bull type appearance and is a distinctive blue-grey in colour.
“We are asking the owner of this dog – or anyone who knows who the owner is – to get in touch.”
South Wales Police said people with information about the attack could contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting occurrence number 62130368937.