Distressing a father and his son, a Staffordshire Terrier’s attack has left his owner facing charges.
On Saturday, the father and son were walking greyhounds in Macquarie Park near Simmons Beach in Australia when the Terrier approached and attacked, according to police.
The owner of the attacking dog is a 57-year-old resident of Macquarie Fields. Police spoke with him and proceeded to impound the male Terrier in Campbelltown.
"It's expected legal action will be taken against the ... man," police said.
The father and son, 74 and 39 in age, were casually walking near the beach with their greyhounds when the Terrier attacked. The son tried to grab hold of the Terrier and separate him from his greyhound.
He was able to pull the Terrier off the greyhound, but injured his knee in the brawl. Scraps of metal from the greyhound’s muzzle became entrapped in his knee, according to NSW Police Inspector Tara Norton.
"He grabbed the attacking dog by its collar, however the dog was able to slip from the collar and run off," police said.
Surgery is scheduled to remove the metal from his knee.
Following the attack, both father and son took their greyhounds to a vet. One sustained minor injuries, while the other had to be put down due to the severity of its injuries.
"Obviously no one likes to lose a pet and a much loved pet," Norton said.
"In addition to that we now have someone who is seeking treatment in the hospital for a significant injury to his leg.”
Needless to say, both father and son were extremely distressed during the incident, as well as after, and are now mourning the loss of a beloved pet.
Dog attacks are becoming increasingly common and are becoming an issue, not just in Australia, but worldwide. With owners breeding different types of dogs and not adhering to ordinances when taking pets out in public, they not only compromise the safety of people, but the safety of others’ pets, and the safety of their own pet.
The greyhounds were on leashes while being walked, while the Terrier was not. In addition to this, the owner was not close at hand to maintain control of his dog.