Posted: 18.02.20 at 10:49 by The Editor
A local resident has called out ''inconsiderate dog owners'' on Barry Beach after her golden labrador was attacked yesterday afternoon on a walk.
Barry Nub News contacted Sian Jeffery after the incident took place to find out what had happened.
She said: ''I would not normally write a post of this kind but feel it’s necessary to make people aware of some inconsiderate dog owners that are at Barry island beach.
''[Yesterday] at 2 pm my daughter and I were walking our golden lab Sam across the beach when a dog viciously attacked him.
''This is a beach that we are familiar with and enjoy spending time here.
''My dog was bitten by a black similar looking breed and when I approached the owners they did not want to know. How irresponsible.
''This worries me greatly as it’s half term and there are children at Barry Island beach and would not want this happen to anybody else.
My dog has a lovely Nature and this has been truly shocking and upsetting, to say the least. Stay safe and be very vigilant.''
PDSA has provided the following information about dog attacks:
What to do if your dog is attacked by another dog?
• Try not to panic. If you panic, you make your dog (and the biting dog) worse. Try to stay calm and focused.
• Don't try to separate them yourself. It might be hard, but if you try to pull your dog out of harm’s way you could end up with some nasty injuries, too. You could also injure your dog further if the other dog hasn't let go.
• Try to distract the other dog from a distance. Hopefully, the other dog's owner will also be doing this, but see if you can distract it with a loud noise like a clap. Don’t shout at or make eye contact with the dog as this can make them feel more threatened and make things worse.
• Call your dog away. You may be able to call your dog away. The owner of the other dog may be able to do the same.
• Report the incident. If your dog has been injured, you can report it to the police by calling 101 and report it to your local council's dog warden.
• Collect details. Get the owner's contact details and a photo of the other dog (if you can) and note or photograph any injuries your dog has.
• If you can, check if the other owner has third party or pet insurance for their dog as this may cover you for any veterinary care required. • You may also want the contact details of any witnesses.
• Take your dog to the vet. Even if your dog's injuries don't look serious, take them to the vet straight away to get checked over.
• Many bite injuries are a lot worse than they look due to damage to the muscles and tissue underneath the skin and the bacteria carried in dogs' mouths.
Her original post on Facebook has had overwhelming responses from the local community with over 1,000 shares and messages of support.
Ms Jeffery is now asking for any potential witnesses to come forward that might have seen something on the beach yesterday or might know the owners involved in the incident.