The owner of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who had his neck torn after being violently attacked by an out-of-control Akita has been left traumatized by the incident.
Buster, Karen Waddington’s beloved pet, was thrown away like a rag doll after being targeted by the aggressive big white dog.
The 47-year-old was walking her 12-year-old dog in Hawick, Scottish Borders, last Tuesday when the Akita came running around the corner and launched its attack.
The mum-of-five watched in horror as Buster was grabbed by the neck and viciously thrown.
Even the intervention of a neighbour, who ran out of their neighboring house and tried to kick the dog into freeing the other dog, did nothing to stop the relentless attack.
It wasn’t until the Akita’s male owner appeared on the scene that Buster was handed over to a hysterical Karen.
Karen shared distressing footage that shows Buster’s fur covered in blood after his neck was completely ripped open, and a post-surgery image showing his neck stitched up.
The incident was reported to Police Scotland and the SSPCA, but Karen claims there would be no investigation at this stage.
She said on the day of the incident, they checked for other dogs around before letting Buster lead.
But, as soon as she did, the Akita turned the corner on a retractable leash.
“It happened in a flash,” she said.
“He was being thrown like a rag doll by the neck. Some flesh had been ripped from him, she was lying on the grass. I remember saying, ‘He’s going to kill him, he’s going to kill him’. I was screaming .
“There was blood and fur everywhere. A neighbor came to help him and hit him but he wouldn’t let go. The woman whose dog it was ran to get her husband and didn’t come back . Then this guy in an orange vest came around the corner and yelled at the Akita and he let go of Buster.”
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Karen said that after surgery, Buster had a drain placed in his shoulder to drain the fluid and took ketamine for three days.
“The SSPCA won’t do anything about it and the police have said they can’t do anything about it,” she added.
“What if he was a child? I’m traumatized. He’s such a sweet and adorable dog, I hope that doesn’t change him.”
Karen shared distressing images of Buster’s injuries on Facebook last Wednesday, writing, “Attention graphic images, but just a quick update on Buster.
Linda Mackie, who allegedly witnessed the attack, said: ‘It’s terrible, I thought someone was being murdered.
Susan MacRae said: “My heart goes out to you both! What a scary experience for you and your beautiful boy! I wish him and you a speedy recovery from your terrible ordeal.”
Speaking on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the SSPCA said: “We don’t enforce any dog control or dangerous dog legislation so it’s not something we would deal with.
“We suggest contacting Police Scotland about this incident.”
Police Scotland have been approached for comment.