A dog walker has relived the terrifying moment he had to throw himself over his pet to protect it after it was viciously attacked at Anderby Creek.
Glen Gleeson and his partner, Wayne, were walking their terrier cross Buster back to the car park when it was set upon.
Mr Gleeson said: “Buster and our other dog, Ellie, were both on leads walking back to the car. As we got to the car park there was a women on her own with four dogs.
“The Great Dane came from behind Buster and took a chunk out of his back. I grabbed the Great Dane’s mouth to get it off Buster and fell to the floor on top of him to keep the dog off.
“I screamed for help as all four dogs where trying to push my arms out the way to get to Buster. Luckily I had a big coat on, but I could feel the dogs pulling on my jacket.
“Wayne shouted at the woman to get her dogs, not knowing that Buster was hurt.
What if it had been an old lady’s dog that had been attacked? It wouldn’t have survivedGlen Gleeson
“As she got her dogs on the lead, I picked Buster up and told Wayne that we need to get to the vets ‘now’. I had to press on his wound with my hand to hold the skin down.
“Wayne then realised what had happened and went back to the women and asked for her name and number. She gave her husband’s number and asked ‘why is that man screaming?’.
“Wayne said her dog had just bitten Buster and she just replied ‘oh’.
“What if it had been an old lady’s dog that had been attacked? It wouldn’t have survived.”
Buster was taken to Aldervale Vets in Spilsby and had to have 10 staples and treatment for two puncture wounds. Mr Gleeson said: “The vet said it was lucky I stopped the dog as it was a big bite and, if it had been any deeper, Buster would have needed surgery.
“I want the woman to take responsibility and even help with the vet bills. There’s a yellow ribbon campaign in other parts of the country where dog walkers use the ribbon if their dog is shy or nervous so other owners are aware and keep their pets away.
“It would be good if it was brought in here.”
Buster is now recovering, taking painkillers and have quiet short walks near Glen and Wayne’s home in Willoughby following the incident on Thursday.
The attack was reported to police but the incident log is now closed.
A spokesman for the police said there would be no further inquiries as the attack was ‘dog on dog’ and ‘the dogs in question were all on leads’.