A dog was brutally attacked in an Abbots Langley playing field after an altercation with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier which left the dog needing surgery.
Two ladies, who wish to remain anonymous, were walking their dogs, Bonnie and Clyde, around the Manor House playing fields when they saw a dark brown Staffordshire off the lead running towards them.
Speaking to AbbotsNews through tears, they said: “We had them on leads and as soon as we saw the dog coming at us, we picked our dogs up, but it wasn’t enough. The dark brown Staffordshire jumped at my friend, knocking her over and grabbed Bonnie’s tail, pulling her out of my friends’ arms.
“That dog was out to kill, it wouldn’t put Bonnie down and we were screaming at the owner, who was just slowly strolling over with no urgency. The whole thing went on for five to eight minutes, but it felt like hours.
“We have since been told this is a reoccurring problem. In the past two weeks, two dogs have been attacked by Staffordshires, one in the playing fields and one in the village.
“We want to warn residents to be careful, we have been left completely traumatised and we won’t take our dogs to a park again.”
The brutal attack left Bonnie needing to be operated on as well as two puncture wounds in her back by her tail and a broken leg.
A spokesperson for Herts Police said: “Police are currently investigating a report of a dog being dangerously out of control in a public place in Abbots Langley. The incident occurred in Manor House Gardens Park, at around 9.30am on August 17.
“It was reported that a dog jumped up at an elderly woman, causing her to fall to the floor, before attacking and injuring another dog which the woman was holding. The dog and the woman both sustained injuries.
“Enquiries are continuing to trace the owner of the offending dog.”
If you may be able to assist the investigation, you can report quoting crime reference 41/74718/19.