Pet savaged in front of children in Wallington park dog attack
A dog owner whose pet was savaged by a larger canine as her terrified children looked on is appealing for help to track down the culprit.
Doctor Neera Jaitly-McDonald's husband David was out walking their small West Highland terrier Billy with their children near their home in Sunkist Way, Wallington, when a large bullmastiff dog ran at them at 4.20pm on Tuesday, October 22.
Mr Jaitly-McDonald picked up his two children - Jay, 2, and Mia, 4 - to protect them from the out-of-control bullmastiff and shouted at the owner to get his dog.
Then the larger animal sank its teeth into nine-year-old Billy and picked him up, shaking him from side to side before eventually dropping him.
The bullmastiff's owner, a man in his late teens or early 20s, saw the incident but just walked off, leaving Mr Jaitly McDonald to look after his frightened children and take Billy to the vet.
Billy has since undergone several bouts of surgery to repair the damage cased by the attack at a cost of more than £1,000.
Mia, 4, and Jay, 2, walking Billy just days before the attack
Mrs Jaitly-McDonald said: "Billy has had to have loads of dead tissue removed because it got infected from being bitten and bruised - because the dog clamped its jaws down it took blood away from the tissue.
"Now he's not acting himself. For two days he was hiding under my bed - he's not eating, not drinking.
"The children are frightened too. My two-year-old is not too bad because he's young, but my daughter has not stopped talking about it. She's frightened of dogs now and has talked about it to her teachers.
"We're lucky the dog didn't attack one of them - that's the most frightening part. It happened in a park where there are a lot of children around, it is worrying.
"It's such a lovely place for us to be able to go and walk him and for the kids but I don't know if we will be able to go back."
Dr Jaitly-McDonald has appealed for people who were in the area at the time and saw the attack to speak to police. She added: "It's stunning that the other person just walked off.
It also seemed strange that they didn't shout a name or anything like that while it was going in.
"It's a busy area and there must have been people who saw what happened - there was noise from the kids screaming."
If you have information about the incident you can call police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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