A widowed pensioner is suffering from anxiety and stress after his pet dog was seriously injured from being attacked by another dog in Buckingham Park.
Tony Doll, 74, of Gordon Avenue, was walking Maisie, an eight-year-old Norfolk Terrier, through the park last month when another dog, off its lead, ran up and grabbed Maisie around the throat.
Tony pulled the attacking dog off Maisie, at which point the dog and its owner disappeared, but Maisie was left with a large swelling and is currently quite ill.
His daughter, Rebecca, 29, is appealing for any help and has set up a JustGiving page to raise the costs for treatments, as it is believed Maisie may have Septicaemia, a form of blood poisoning.
Rebecca, of South Street in Tarring, said: “My dad is very distressed about the whole ordeal and just wants his dog better. We got her two days after we lost my mum, eight years ago this month, so she really means a lot to him.
“After the attack Maisie seemed well, and there was no blood or wounds, but a week later there was a really large swelling around her throat. We took her to the vet with my dad and they started her on some treatment, as they were concerned there might have been a foreign body.
“My dad is in his seventies. He has been really affected by this. He’s really stressed, having trouble sleeping, and in this past month he’s lost half a stone. Maisie is very important to him.
“I feel angry at the other dog owner because there is an etiquette. You get each other’s details like you do with cars, so whoever’s fault it is can contact their insurance.”
A spokesperson for Worthing Borough Council said: “The attack was noted and passed to the dog warden. The dog warden spoke to Mr Doll but, given the length of time lapsed and lack of distinct information to investigate, the case was closed on April 5.
“The council would like to encourage all of its dog owners to report incidents to them, but would also like to add, the sooner they can, the better.”
Residents of Shoreham have been supportive of Maisie and Tony, and the funding page has raised £275 at time of writing. Readers can donate to Maisie’s JustGiving fund or find more information at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/getwellmaisie
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