Teacher's terror as pet ends up in dog's jaws

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 September 2012

Nancy Powell-Brace with her dog Rosie.

Nancy Powell-Brace with her dog Rosie.

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A WORLE teacher was left terrified following a vicious dog attack in a Weston park.

Nancy Powell-Brace described how her dog’s throat was clamped in the jaws of a Staffordshire bull terrier during the horrifying ordeal.

The Worle Community School teacher says the terrier attacked her Jackadoodle while they were out for a morning walk in Grove Park last week.

The 54-year-old, of Bristol Road Lower, Weston, said she and Rosie were taking their usual route to the beach when she let her dog off its lead.

She said: “This dog grabbed Rosie by the throat and twisted her head into its mouth.

“The owner came out of his sleeping place in the shelter at the top of Grove Park and had his hands in his dog’s mouth, trying desperately to prise its jaws from around my Rosie’s head whilst I beat its ribs with my plastic dog lead.”

Rosie was held in the brutal grip for at least 90 seconds before the terrier released her and she scooped her up and ran off.

Despite calling the police and the council’s environmental welfare team straight away, a week after the incident Nancy has still not heard from either and believes more should be done.

She said: “Two days later I was walking home along the Boulevard and I came face-to-face with the man, and his dogs, still unleashed and still unmuzzled.

“I would not blame an animal, or its breed, for its behaviour. I do blame the owner. The dog should have been muzzled and, at the very least, on a lead.

“Rosie suffered three head wounds and I thought she was going to die. I now drive two to three miles away from Grove Park at 7am in the morning to walk my dog and I should not have to.

“Our public parks should be safe. I should not be too scared to walk in a Weston park for fear of my dog’s life.

“Being a local teacher I listen year after year to my students slating the town and I defend it because it is the place where I have my life. I genuinely do not feel able to do that any more.

“I have lost what faith I had in Weston. Rosie is recovering more quickly than I am. I have become nervous and timid of the dogs we meet. I am too scared to go to Grove Park, and that’s not right.”

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