The owner of an English Bulldog that was attacked by a ‘rescued’ pet is urging the council to ensure their animals are safe to rehome.
Craig Pegg, aged 24, rescued the Staffie-cross from Sheffield Council’s Animal Control Service last weekend.
But he had only had the animal home for 20 minutes when it set on his bulldog, called Weller, leaving the pet with wounds to his face.
Craig, who has three other bulldogs, said: “The Staffie-cross was trying to tear my dog’s face off.
“It was lucky I was there or Weller would have been dead – and it was fortunate my four-year-old daughter wasn’t here that weekend.”
Craig, of New Whittington, Chesterfield, said the dog changed completely from when they saw it at the pound.
“We wanted another dog as company for Weller. He spends all his time in the porch because he’s incontinent and gets lonely,” he said.
“The dog seemed shy and timid and the staff said we would have no problems.
“We got it home and let them out in the garden together. Then after about 20 minutes it just latched on to Weller’s face but I managed to get in between them.
“I don’t blame the staff there but the system needs changing. They need to know more about dogs they release.”
A spokesman for Sheffield Council said: “We were sorry to hear about Mr Pegg’s incident and thankfully these types of occurrence are extremely rare.
“We assess and record every dog’s behaviour every day that it is with us, to ensure that it reacts acceptably with people and other dogs. There were no grounds to suspect it was likely to attack another dog or posed any risk.”