Savage attack leaves Swansea grandma and dog injured
A GRANDMOTHER claims she and her pet lurcher were savaged by another dog, leaving them needing medical treatment — and hundreds of pounds out of pocket.
Theresa Gammon was walking six-year-old Bonny close to Garden Village Football Club last Sunday lunchtime, when they were left with a series of bloody injuries which could yet leave the much-loved pet unable to run freely again.
Mrs Gammon, a receptionist with Morriston Hospital's out-of-hours GP service, has since left a series of posters warning other walkers to be aware of the dog and its owner, who she claims left the scene once his animal had been subdued.
Grandmother of four Mrs Gammon, from Garden Village, said: "I was walking along the cycle path which runs alongside Mardy Industrial Estate, with Bonny on the lead.
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"I saw a man coming towards me with a dog, which wasn't on a lead. It was an alsation or German shepherd type dog, and as soon as it saw us it came running over and laid into Bonny.
"The dog bit me too, and it was a minute or so until the owner caught up, but it seemed to last forever.
"After he had got hold of his dog, I said we should swap details, but he just turned and left."
Mrs Gammon was later treated at Singleton Hospital for bites to her leg and thigh.
Bonny, meanwhile, had to be treated by a vet, with her treatment already running up a bill of £650. And her owners fear that possible damage to muscle capsule on her back leg could have a significant effect on the dog's heel, which will create difficulties for her running.
Mrs Gammon said: "I sometimes take my young grandchildren out with me, and I dread to think what might have happened had they been with me.
"When I asked the owner for his details, I said it was obvious we are both dog lovers, but he left before doing so.
"Another man, called Michael, from nearby business Oil and Gas Fabrications, came forward to help me. I've since been back to see him to thank him for his help.
"Dog walkers need to beware about incidents like this."
Mrs Gammon said the dog owner, who was aged between 18 and 30 and wearing a pink hooded top.
A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "We can confirm that we are investigating an incident which occurred on Sunday, October 21, at the Mardy trading estate, where a female out walking her dog was attacked by another dog which was being walked by a man.
"We are appealing for anyone in the vicinity at the time to come forward."