Chapel St Leonards

Family heartbroken after dog loses eye in attack

A Lincolnshire family has been left traumatised after their dog was attacked on a beach.

Michelle Carson told reporters she was walking on the beach in Chapel St Leonards on Saturday, October 3 when she saw that one of her two dogs had been pinned down by another.

She quickly ran over to save her dog Coco, but he already had blood streaming down from his neck and above his right eye.

The beloved nine-year-old Yorkshire terrier had to have stitches above his eye to stop the bleeding, but the wound quickly became infected and has now been removed by vets.

“I had just left him for two minutes when I saw two men walking with a large group of dogs,” Michelle Carson told The Lincolnite.

“None of the dogs were on the lead and I didn’t think much of it. Suddenly I saw a large black and white Staffordshire bull terrier pinning Coco down by his neck.

“I started hitting the dog with a stick and was screaming ‘get off, get off!’ before the owner pulled his dog off Coco.”

Coco pictured shortly after the attack.

Michelle then picked up Coco and could see that he was covered in blood, so said that he needed to be taken to the vets.

The owner of the dog which looked like a Staffordshire bull terrier is then said to have walked off from the scene.

Coco is currently on painkillers and antibiotics to keep his condition stable, but the family has already had to pay around £1,000 in vets bills.

The family has reported the incident to the police, but officers are unable to act as the attack is classed as a civil matter.