Grandmother in hospital after double dog attack in Nonsuch Park, Cheam

Belle was set upon by another Staffordshire bull terrier

Belle was set upon by another Staffordshire bull terrier

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A grandmother spent three days in hospital after trying to protect her pet from an attack by a Staffordshire bull terrier.

Elizabeth Scrooby was having a picnic with her husband and three grandchildren in Nonsuch Park, when one of her dogs was attacked.

The 56-year-old’s hand was bitten after she managed to prise the attacking dog’s jaws away from her own Staffordshire bull terrier.

In the following days, the hand ballooned in size, forcing her to seek medical attention.

Ms Scrooby, who lives in Netley Close, Cheam, had taken her jack russell, Nala, and her Staffordshire bull terrier, Belle, for an afternoon picnic on Thursday, July 31.

The family were approached by a bullmastiff and a Staffordshire bull terrier, which suddenly lunged at Belle, injuring her.

Ms Scrooby was admitted to the Epsom and St Helier Hospital at 3pm on Sunday, where she stayed until just after 1pm on Tuesday.

The mother-of-two said: “I have contracted cellulitis, a form of blood poisoning, because the cut became infected.

“I have been on a drip and will have to continue to take antibiotics orally at home. It was an awful ordeal.

“One minute we were enjoying a wonderful family picnic, the next minute it was like the apocalypse.

“I just hope the dog does not attack anyone else.

“I am scared it will go for someone or maybe another dog.”

A community nurse, she said the owners of the other dogs looked middle-aged, and left the area after apologising.

The attack came a day after a woman saw her Yorkshire terrier savaged by a dog in Carshalton park.

The incident happened at 9.15am on Wednesday, July 30.

The woman was walking her pet when a large brown dog attacked it, leaving it with cuts to its eyes and head that needed treatment from a vet costing £60.

The woman spoke to the owner of the dog who said she was visiting the area from Scotland and was staying with her mum in Carshalton.

She told the woman where her mum lived, but it turned out to be a fake address.

Police are keen to speak to the woman who is white, aged 45 to 60, about 5ft 4in and with shoulder length blonde hair. She was wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

Anyone with information about either attack can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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12:31pm Mon 11 Aug 14

jwfolan says...

why is it always these dogs in the press? well because theyre the number one choice of pet for scally's trying to be hard.

its not the dogs fault on how theryre brought up. but these dogs do severe damage when biting due to being able to lock their jaws.

therefore i feel these dogs should be added to the banned list and a licence system put in place for people in order to buy a dog.
why is it always these dogs in the press? well because theyre the number one choice of pet for scally's trying to be hard. its not the dogs fault on how theryre brought up. but these dogs do severe damage when biting due to being able to lock their jaws. therefore i feel these dogs should be added to the banned list and a licence system put in place for people in order to buy a dog. jwfolan
  • Score: 3

12:33pm Mon 11 Aug 14

jo22jo says...

My staffy was attacked by another staffy in Collingwood Park recently I had to do the same and prise open the other dogs mouth in which I was bitten through my thumb and now have no nail! It cost me £70 at the vets and a days loss of earnings. My little girl is all ok now! The person walking the dog said she was not the owner, I think the owner turned up as I was leaving, but I could not stop as I and my fur baby was poring out with blood! I have 3 staffys all of which as soppy as anything but I still get looked at like Im some sort of chav :( OWNER NOT BREED!!!
My staffy was attacked by another staffy in Collingwood Park recently I had to do the same and prise open the other dogs mouth in which I was bitten through my thumb and now have no nail! It cost me £70 at the vets and a days loss of earnings. My little girl is all ok now! The person walking the dog said she was not the owner, I think the owner turned up as I was leaving, but I could not stop as I and my fur baby was poring out with blood! I have 3 staffys all of which as soppy as anything but I still get looked at like Im some sort of chav :( OWNER NOT BREED!!! jo22jo
  • Score: 8

12:56pm Mon 11 Aug 14

PeterM says...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, when in a park dogs should be kept on a lead at all times, unless in a specific dog area that is securely fenced off. Beddington Park used to have such an area near the boating lake where dogs could run free, but in the rest of the park they had to be on a lead.

This, however, was removed years ago and now dogs are allowed to run riot around the park, defecating all over and as has happened here biting anything that moves.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, when in a park dogs should be kept on a lead at all times, unless in a specific dog area that is securely fenced off. Beddington Park used to have such an area near the boating lake where dogs could run free, but in the rest of the park they had to be on a lead. This, however, was removed years ago and now dogs are allowed to run riot around the park, defecating all over and as has happened here biting anything that moves. PeterM
  • Score: 13

6:58pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Jimmyzola says...

It's not the owners faulty that's just silly I had a staffy and loved and trained it but it would fight any dog that was the same sex.It was lovely to people and kids but other dogs it would fight they are a fighting dog end off that's a fact!
It's not the owners faulty that's just silly I had a staffy and loved and trained it but it would fight any dog that was the same sex.It was lovely to people and kids but other dogs it would fight they are a fighting dog end off that's a fact! Jimmyzola
  • Score: -1

7:01pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Jimmyzola says...

Sorry it was the the owners faulty on this case for not looking after the dogs in the park staffy are very unpredictable can turn in a second.
Sorry it was the the owners faulty on this case for not looking after the dogs in the park staffy are very unpredictable can turn in a second. Jimmyzola
  • Score: -1

1:48pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Niki R says...

Jimmyzola wrote:
It's not the owners faulty that's just silly I had a staffy and loved and trained it but it would fight any dog that was the same sex.It was lovely to people and kids but other dogs it would fight they are a fighting dog end off that's a fact!
Fighting dogs are a human construct. They are not acceptable pets, nor are they suitable to be in public places.
[quote][p][bold]Jimmyzola[/bold] wrote: It's not the owners faulty that's just silly I had a staffy and loved and trained it but it would fight any dog that was the same sex.It was lovely to people and kids but other dogs it would fight they are a fighting dog end off that's a fact![/p][/quote]Fighting dogs are a human construct. They are not acceptable pets, nor are they suitable to be in public places. Niki R
  • Score: 5

5:37pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Net_Taxpayer says...

And as usual the owner will be some Benefit Trash Chav. The police should look in the direction of single mums and unemployed bums, and for all the whiners who do not agree, statistics do agree and your opinions and worthless in the face of facts.
And as usual the owner will be some Benefit Trash Chav. The police should look in the direction of single mums and unemployed bums, and for all the whiners who do not agree, statistics do agree and your opinions and worthless in the face of facts. Net_Taxpayer
  • Score: -4

9:17pm Tue 12 Aug 14

imasumak says...

Given the repeated reports of dog attacks on people and wildlife, I think that a law requiring dogs to be on a lead when in public, with the exception of when in clearly designated and confined areas in public parks where they may run free which should be provided for that purpose. This would be in the best interest of all concerned.
When a dog is loose in public, there is no way that the owner or anyone else can "Guarantee" that the animal is not going to do something unexpected or out of character thereby posing a genuine and very dangerous threat.
Given the repeated reports of dog attacks on people and wildlife, I think that a law requiring dogs to be on a lead when in public, with the exception of when in clearly designated and confined areas in public parks where they may run free which should be provided for that purpose. This would be in the best interest of all concerned. When a dog is loose in public, there is no way that the owner or anyone else can "Guarantee" that the animal is not going to do something unexpected or out of character thereby posing a genuine and very dangerous threat. imasumak
  • Score: 4

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