Dog owner left with a $6000 vet bill after vicious dog attack

Telissa RyderSound Telegraph
The owner of a pet Chihuahua has been left with a $6000 vet bill after it was attacked.
Camera IconThe owner of a pet Chihuahua has been left with a $6000 vet bill after it was attacked. Credit: supplied

The owner of a Chihuahua left with horrific injuries after being viciously attacked by an English staffy in Rockingham is pleading for the public’s help to track down the owner.

Rockingham resident Ms Sanford, who did not want her full name published, was at the back of her property with her Chihuahuas Maggie and Jamie when the attack occurred on July 14.

“I still haven’t heard from the owner of the dog; no one has approached me,” she said.

“I just want the owner of the staffy to do the responsible thing and come forward, pay the vet bill and ensure their dog is under control and muzzled.”

Ms Sanford said the attack happened between 3.30pm and 4pm after she unlocked her property’s side gate, which opens directly on to a park on Cuthbertson Drive in Cooloongup.

“My female dog Maggie was immediately alert. I then noticed a black dog coming towards her. The staffy took off after Maggie, who ran back inside the gate. It was then that the staffy noticed Jamie, who immediately rolled over on to his back in a submissive pose,” she said.

“The dog attacked him, grabbing him in her mouth and picking him up and turning from facing the cream brick wall to out into the park.

“The only thing I could think of to save Jamie was to put my hand over the staffy’s nose to cut off its breathing, which worked and she dropped him to the ground.”

Jamie was left with internal injuries after the attack.
Camera IconJamie was left with internal injuries after the attack. Credit: supplied

Ms Sanford said the staffy owner, who had blonde hair and a southern English accent, told her she would come back later.

Jamie was rushed to Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital and stabilised before being transferred to WA Veterinary Emergency and Specialty in Cockburn for CT scans and treatment.

The nine-year-old Chihuahua received serious injuries including an abdominal haemorrhage, multiple puncture wounds, lung bruising and haemorrhage and a right intercostal muscle defect, leaving the lung poking through the muscle wall.

Ms Sanford said Jamie had to be kept rested in a dog crate for four to six weeks, with his breathing and respiratory rate needing constant monitoring.

“The vet bill to date is $5631 between Port Kennedy vet and WAVES and he will require weekly check-ups for the next six weeks,” she said.

“He also may need intrusive surgery if his lung defect doesn’t heal.”

Nine-year-old Chihuahua Jamie was forced to spend weeks in a crate with round-the-clock monitoring.
Camera IconNine-year-old Chihuahua Jamie was forced to spend weeks in a crate with round-the-clock monitoring. Credit: supplied

City of Rockingham rangers were contacted for comment but were unable to give an update on the matter.

“To witness such a tiny animal being viciously attacked like that has been horrendous,” Ms Sanford said.

“The owner of the staffy needs to do the decent thing and face the consequences of not having a dog like that on a lead or muzzled. I don’t want to see anyone’s dog be destroyed but there needs to be accountability.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Rockingham rangers on 9528 0333.

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