A couple are urging pet owners to be on their guard after a mystery attack left their dog with horrific injuries.
Sue Hartlebury and her husband Michael, let their dog Wilson out into their secured back in High Street, Eastoft, at about 7.30pm on Saturday.
But the couple were devastated when they heard the nine-year-old dog ‘screaming’ in agony and found him on their front doorstep with a serious throat injury.
“How it happened is a total mystery,” said Mrs Hartlebury. “We let him out into the back garden which is totally secure and then 10 minutes later found him injured at the front of our house.
“There is no way he could have got out on his own and he never wants to leave the premises. The gate is bolted so he couldn’t get out and when we checked it was still locked.
“About 10 minutes after we let him out we heard a scream from the front of the house.
“Wilson came into the house and was very shaken. He was missing his collar and was cowering. I stroked him and there was blood on my hand.”
Mrs Hartlebury said they took Wilson straight to the vets in Ashby.
“Initially the vet couldn’t get near to see the extent of the wound.” she said.
“But we got a phone call later that night to say they would be operating straight away as Wilson had a very serious injury to his throat which almost went ear to ear. It had just missed his carotid artery.”
Mrs Hartlebury said Wilson, who she describes as a Heinz 57, was ‘popular’ in Eastoft and friends and neighbours had been horrified at what had happened to him.
“He is a very inoffensive little dog and well known in the village,” she said.
“We have been trying to let as many people know as possible about what has happened to Wilson as we would hate for anyone else to go through this.
“It’s a total mystery – his collar is nowhere to be seen and we have searched everywhere for it,” said Mrs Hartlebury, who is self-employed.
“We have reported the incident to the police and my husband also put a poster on a lamppost asking who could have done such an awful thing to Wilson.”
Calie Rydings from the RSPCA said anyone with information about how Wilson came to be injured could contact the organisation.
“It sounds like a very distressing incident for both the poor dog and his owners,” she said. “We would urge anyone with information to contact the police, or RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 4999.”
And a spokesman for Humberside Police confirmed the incident had been reported to officers and anyone with any information about the incident could also contact them on the non-emergency number, 101.