Dog attack in Petts Wood leaves 15-year-old mongrel with 'guts hanging out of stomach'

Hermione required a three hour life-saving operation after the incident on March 5

Hermione required a three hour life-saving operation after the incident on March 5

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A dog required a three hour life-saving operation after it was mauled by a "pit bull type" in Petts Wood.

Gillian Ewins, 61, of Sutherland Avenue, Biggin Hill, was walking 15-year-old Hermione across the railway bridge from Little Thrift to Petts Wood at around 3.30pm on March 5.

Suddenly the "pit bull type" - pale in colour with brown markings and a pink nose - appeared at the top of the steps off its lead.

Mrs Ewins said: "Before I could pick up my little dog the pit bull type was on her, savaging her.

"It went straight for her, even if it had been on a lead the man who owned the dog couldn't have held it.

"He eventually fought the dog off but by then my dog was very badly injured with a ripped abdomen.

"It looked like her guts were hanging out of her stomach.

"If he hadn't got the dog off she would have been dead at the scene."

Mrs Ewins took Hermione straight to the vet where she was operated on.

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She added: "After the operation the vet told me there was a broken rib, tissue and muscle damage and penetration of the abdominal wall, which caused peritonitis.

"It was really bad. My dog's life was in the balance for several days.

"It is amazing she survived it. It was touch and go but she pulled through.

"She's perkier now. I hope she'll get her confidence back."

Mrs Ewins added she believes something needs to be done about breeds of dog with a dangerous reputation.

She said: "The whole experience has affected me and my family badly.

"Why do people who own dangerous dogs not realise that they should be muzzled when out in public?

"The fashion of owning these dogs as a status symbol is pathetic.

"I will be anxious about taking my dog out again.

"I am still fairly resilient but an older pensioner could have their life ruined by an incident like this."

A police spokesman said: "The owner of the dog is described as a white male, aged about 40 and about 6 foot tall. 

"The dog is described as a white pit bull type dog with brown patches.

"This is obviously a very upsetting incident and we would like to take the opportunity to remind dog owners of their responsibility to control their pets at all times."

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9:23am Tue 18 Mar 14

kentlad says...

Totally agree with Mrs Ewins, although any dog can attack you are hardly going to have life thratening injuries from a Pug or jack russell compared to larger dogs who are not only powerful but, also have a reputation of attacking and causing serious injuries. I have a couple of dogs myself and trust them 110% however, i always keep them on leads when near playing fields or young children as any dog is capable of turning doesnt matter how well they are treated and looked after - why take the risk!

Be interesting to know if this is the same dog that attacked a womans dog in Scadbury Park last year as the description sounds very similar!
Totally agree with Mrs Ewins, although any dog can attack you are hardly going to have life thratening injuries from a Pug or jack russell compared to larger dogs who are not only powerful but, also have a reputation of attacking and causing serious injuries. I have a couple of dogs myself and trust them 110% however, i always keep them on leads when near playing fields or young children as any dog is capable of turning doesnt matter how well they are treated and looked after - why take the risk! Be interesting to know if this is the same dog that attacked a womans dog in Scadbury Park last year as the description sounds very similar! kentlad
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11:26am Tue 18 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

I agree with Kentlad's comments. I have a five year old staffie. She is as good as gold, and is more timid of children and other dogs to be honest and tends to run away from them rather than to them. She is also very obedient but I would still be watching her, and although she has the freedom to be off lead a lot of the times when out and about, we do make sure that where other dogs and children are around, we keep her on a lead, or steer away in another direction to avoid contact.
I hope Mrs Ewins dog, does make a full recovery very soon, and hope this does not deter her for too long in taking her dog for well deserved walks. And let's hope that this man has learned a lesson (albeit a bit late) now muzzles his dog or takes better control of the animal in future.
I agree with Kentlad's comments. I have a five year old staffie. She is as good as gold, and is more timid of children and other dogs to be honest and tends to run away from them rather than to them. She is also very obedient but I would still be watching her, and although she has the freedom to be off lead a lot of the times when out and about, we do make sure that where other dogs and children are around, we keep her on a lead, or steer away in another direction to avoid contact. I hope Mrs Ewins dog, does make a full recovery very soon, and hope this does not deter her for too long in taking her dog for well deserved walks. And let's hope that this man has learned a lesson (albeit a bit late) now muzzles his dog or takes better control of the animal in future. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 7

3:52pm Wed 19 Mar 14

rmawgan says...

I agree the description is very similar to the dog that attacked another in Scadbury Park recently.There was also a second attack there by a similar dog on a german shorthaired pointer.I myself have had a run i with a man walking one of these types of dog along a public street without a lead.The fact that he had to shout at it to come and leave my dogs alone is enough for me to say it wasn't under enough control to be off lead.When I asked a policeman recently what is the law on this,his answer was to cross over the road away from them.Either the law is on lead on a public street or not.?.
I agree the description is very similar to the dog that attacked another in Scadbury Park recently.There was also a second attack there by a similar dog on a german shorthaired pointer.I myself have had a run i with a man walking one of these types of dog along a public street without a lead.The fact that he had to shout at it to come and leave my dogs alone is enough for me to say it wasn't under enough control to be off lead.When I asked a policeman recently what is the law on this,his answer was to cross over the road away from them.Either the law is on lead on a public street or not.?. rmawgan
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