Hunt for owners after dog injured in vicious attack

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The owner of a dog which was brutally attacked while staying in kennels is appealing for help to find the animal responsible.

Andrea Hilton’s ten-year-old lurcher Mae suffered serious gashes to her back and belly after a vicious attack at Stankirk kennels in Churchtown, Darley Dale.

Staff had been walking Mae when a couple and their dog visited the business on Church Lane, on September 18.

The dog pulled off its lead and sank its teeth in to Mae.

While devastated kennel workers rushed to get Mae to the vets, the couple fled with their dog.

Mrs Hilton, 65, of Coombs Road, Bakewell, said: “Mae’s a very nervous, inoffensive dog anyway.

“She has puncture marks on her body. Five areas of her tummy needed stitches and she lost two teeth trying to defend herself.

“She must have been in agony.”

Stankirk paid for Mae’s treatment and refunded the cost of her stay but Mrs Hilton wants the owners of the dog to come forward.

She said: “It would have killed a smaller dog or a child.

“I just want somebody who knows who this dog is to come forward before it does any more damage.”

She added: “Mae was a rescue dog and when we got her she was completely hairless.

“She had a terrible start but is such a soft quiet dog. She does not bark or jump at other dogs.” Call police on 101.