Doncaster mum’s fears over pet dogs’ attack

Anita Gallagher's pet dog after it was attacked.
Anita Gallagher's pet dog after it was attacked.
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A mum told how her daughter feared for her life when a pack of dogs attacked her pet while out on a walk.

Anita Gallagher claims Japanese Akita dogs sunk their teeth into pet Collie Mitch as her 15-year-old daughter who was standing just yards away feared she would be the next victim.

Mrs Gallagher claims the owner did not do enough to intervene and fears the dogs could attack again.

The 44-year-old, of Sheffield Road, Conisbrough, said: “My daughter was screaming and crying. Our dog was covered in blood.

“It was horrific. She thought she would be the next victim and they could have killed her. Who is to say it will not happen again to someone else.”

Her daughter and the dog managed to flee.

But dog owner Richard Salmon, 45, of Sandal Road, Conisbrough, defended his actions and said all the dogs were on leads. He said: “I saw the girl did not have her dog on a lead. I didn’t kick out at it. It came over and bit one of mine so the other three bit back.

“I pulled them back but I couldn’t move backwards because I would be going on to a busy road. She was irresponsible for not having him on a lead.”

n Witnesses to the incident, in fields off Sheffield Road on May 4 at 3.30pm, should call police on 101, quoting incident 778 of Sunday May 4.