Couple’s thanks to helpful public after dog dies in street attack

Fudge and Esso SUS-151112-112507001
Fudge and Esso SUS-151112-112507001

A Barcombe couple whose dog died after being attacked by another dog in the street have spoken out to warn others and thank the people who stopped to help.

Denise Reed was walking her two mini dachshunds, Fudge and Esso, in the village when they were attacked by a greyhound. Fudge, who was 15, died instantly, while 11-year-old Esso was left with a fractured jaw and puncture wounds to his head.

Graham Reed said: “My wife was walking our dogs, two small miniature dachshunds, at around 10:30am on Wednesday (December 9) when at the junction of Barcombe Mills Road and Monger’s Mead, the dogs were attacked by a greyhound.

“All the dogs were on leads but the greyhound, which was not wearing a muzzle, was with a lady who just did not have the strength required to keep her dog under control.

“The greyhound just launched an attack on our dogs. It went for the younger one first and just shook it like a rag doll.

“A lady stopped in her car and ran to help and together, the three of them managed to get the greyhound to release our dog, which in its terror, broke its lead and ran across the main road, narrowly missing being hit by a car. The kind driver left his vehicle and set off in pursuit to make sure the dog was safe.

“Meanwhile, the greyhound had turned on our other dog, but being old and frail, she did not stand a chance and the vet thinks she probably died instantly.

“We’ve just picked up our injured dog from the vets this morning (Friday, December 11) and he has a fractured jaw, which is all wired up, and puncture wounds to the side of his head.

“We believe the lady got the dog from a rescue place about four or five months ago. The big issue I have with all this, is that it should have been muzzled. We had a retired racing greyhound ourselves in the past, so we are aware of this.

“The event has been reported to the police and we believe the lady returned her dog to the rescue place she got it from immediately after the attack.”

Mrs Reed added: “About six cars stopped to help me that awful morning and I just want to thank those people for their kindness.”

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