Woman describes 'killing machine' bull terrier attack in Beckenham park

Woman describes 'killing machine' bull terrier attack in Beckenham park

Woman describes 'killing machine' bull terrier attack in Beckenham park

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A woman has described a shocking attack by a "killing machine" bull terrier while walking her dog in a Beckenham park.

Pauline Rogers said her schnauzer, Rocky, was set on by the animal after it appeared to slip its lead and get away from its owner on Sunday (Aug 17).

Ms Rogers, 56, from Shirley, said she had been walking her two pets in Croydon Road Recreation Ground at around 10.30am.

She said Rocky, just 18 months old, was left with a gaping wound in his back and added she also required hospital treatment after trying to intervene.

She told News Shopper: "I clocked them (dog and owner) but thought it would be okay – they were going in the other direction.

"But out of the corner of my eye I saw the dog coming, it must’ve slipped its lead.

"I’ve never seen anything like it, he was a killing machine. Before I could react he had Rocky and locked on.

"Rocky was screaming. The owner got him off eventually but it seemed like forever."

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Ms Rogers said the owner ended up having to lie on top of his dog and calling for another couple, who refused to get involved, to pass him the lead.

Eventually he managed to pry the bull terrier away but before Ms Rogers could talk to him he made off down nearby Cedars Road.

Ms Rogers, who had popped over to her sisters in Eden Park Avenue for breakfast and often uses the recreation ground, said the bull terrier also left her with a cut wrist.

She visited the Beckenham Beacon hospital afterwards where it was patched up, while Rocky was taken to a veterinary surgery and has been left "severely distressed".

She continued: "He seemed okay at first but he deteriorated quickly and I thought at one point I might lose him.

"He’s in a lot of pain."

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Daughter Sam Rogers, 26, a PCSO in the borough but not on duty that day, said she received a call from her mum and rushed to the scene.

She said: "My mum was very distressed. This is clearly a very dangerous dog and it shouldn’t be in the park.

"I think it’s done it before. I’ve heard of other incidents with a matching description of the bull terrier."

Bromley police reported: "Police received a call from a woman on Sunday, August 17, stating that whilst in Beckenham Recreation Ground, Croydon Road, earlier that day, a dog slipped its lead and attacked her dogs, before the owner came to restrain it."

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7:15am Tue 19 Aug 14

molsey says...

If this was a murder case I'm sure the owner of the Bull terrier would have been found by now.
If this was a murder case I'm sure the owner of the Bull terrier would have been found by now. molsey
  • Score: 12

9:19am Tue 19 Aug 14

Happygolucky13 says...

Hope he gets well soon
Hope he gets well soon Happygolucky13
  • Score: 11

3:28pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Stah2006 says...

Coward running off what sort of a man does that make him!!!!
Coward running off what sort of a man does that make him!!!! Stah2006
  • Score: 9

11:41pm Tue 19 Aug 14

ghost2013 says...

same sort of thing happend to my dog. a guy had his dog on lead but was quite a distant away. he let it of the lead came running over. it flipped my dog over and they ended up fighting. the owner made no effort to call his dog just let it carry on fighting. then my dog pinned his down on the floor and that when the owner called his dog... i have heard this happen several times
same sort of thing happend to my dog. a guy had his dog on lead but was quite a distant away. he let it of the lead came running over. it flipped my dog over and they ended up fighting. the owner made no effort to call his dog just let it carry on fighting. then my dog pinned his down on the floor and that when the owner called his dog... i have heard this happen several times ghost2013
  • Score: 0

7:14am Wed 20 Aug 14

Sandysham says...

this owner should not have a dog , as always its not the dogs fault its how its brought up , he should be found and never be allowed to keep another pet , but we all know that wont happen \\\
this owner should not have a dog , as always its not the dogs fault its how its brought up , he should be found and never be allowed to keep another pet , but we all know that wont happen \\\ Sandysham
  • Score: 4

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