07:45AM, Friday 16 August 2013
A distressed pet owner has called for dog on dog attacks to be penalised after her Collie was almost mauled to death in Maidenhead.
Debbie Curtis and her son Toby, 17, were walking their dog Sam in Cordwallis Road when he was attacked by a pit bull on August 1.
She was left her to shoulder the £877 treatment required to save his life.
Debbie said vets described the injuries as 'the worst dog attack they had ever seen' and that Sam was lucky to be alive.
The Government has recently announced that the owners of dangerous dogs which attack people in public could face up to 18 months in prison - but Debbie feels dog on dog attacks should be introduced too.
"It has caused serious injury and untold pain," said Debbie, of Cordwallis Road.
"Where is the law that says a dog is allowed to rip another dog out?
"The vet said it bit so hard that he could have bled out. He had two drains fitted, many stitches and multiple bite marks on top of two holes torn in his neck."
A passing taxi driver managed to separate the two dogs after a few minutes, but he also received injuries for his troubles.
As the law stands, the police have no authority over dog on dog attacks as it is not classed as a criminal offence, and can only take action if they adjudge the offending dog to be an illegal cross-breed.
The RSPCA also has little power and can only bring action against the owners if they goad the dog into making the attack.
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