A couple have been left devastated and £1,100 out of pocket after their treasured pet was savaged by a dog in Doncaster town centre,
Two-year-old Ollie needed around 35 stitches and is still in danger of losing one of his legs after a cane corso savaged him.
The large Italian working dog - that is on the dangerous dogs list - launched at Lhasa Apso Ollie in the terrifying attack outside the post office in Priory Place.
Owners Alan and Jean Hopkins, of Kirk Sandall, have been stung with a £1,100 vets bill as they have been unable to track down the dog’s owner.
Describing the attack that took place on October 29, caravan park warden Alan Hopkins, 64, said: “There were two of these Cane Corso dogs on leads with some young lads but as soon as one of them saw Ollie he launched at him.
“I jumped on the dog but even 16 stone of weight wasn’t enough to stop him. There was blood spurting out everywhere and we couldn’t get the dog off him for a good three or four minutes.
“A young lad came over and helped and we grabbed Ollie and he wasn’t moving, I thought he was dead.”
Thankfully as the couple ran to their car they saw a council van and were assisted by a warden who took them to the vets.
The couple faced an agonising wait as Ollie underwent surgery but against all the odds he pulled through.
Alan added: “Ollie has got an 11 inch scar and the vets said he may still lose a leg as the blood supply may have been affected but for now he seems to be doing fine.
“We can’t thank Paul Johnston from the council enough for getting us to the vets.
“Ollie is like a member of the family. He comes to work with me everyday and never leaves my side. He’s the star of the show over at the caravan park.”
The couple are now calling for tougher laws to prevent attacks of this nature.
“Dogs like this shouldn’t be allowed in town centres if people can’t control them,” Alan added.
A police spokesman confirmed the incident is being investigated. Call police on 101.