A dog has become the ‘Captain’ of the riverbank in Spalding after catching a rat as big as a small cat.
David Walker was taking his Anatolian Karabash sheep dog for a stroll along the stretch which runs alongside Double Street when, before he knew it, he had it in its mouth.
South Holland District Council spokesmanDuring summer people are feeding ducks in the river more frequently which can bring rats into the area
Mr Walker said he often sees rats along the River Welland while out walking his dog, called Captain, but has become more concerned after reading reports that there are now more of the vermin in London than during the plague.
He said: “I had just walked past the Holland Road footbridge and in the doorway to a flat between some shops was a very big rat.
“Before I knew it my dog’s mouth had snapped shut and he had caught it. I couldn’t believe it.”
Captain is a large dog standing 33 inches tall and weighs 120lbs. The breed is known for having mouths with three times the closing power of a Rottweiler.
Mr Walker said: “It wasn’t easy getting the rat out of Captain’s mouth. I had to cover his nose until he had to open his mouth to breath.
“But just when I thought I had got rid of the rat, which was dead, he had snapped it up again and it was dangling down to his knees.
“It was the biggest rat I have seen down there and I’ve seen a lot.”
Captain, who is seven years old, was adopted by Mr Walker four years ago from the Jerry Green Dog Rescue centre in Brigg.
Mr Walker said: “The breed can be quite aloof and is very independent. Captain is very good with small dogs, people and children, but the rat didn’t stand a chance.”
A spokesman for South Holland District Council said: “We monitor and regularly bait the area by the riverbank in an effort to deal with rats.
“During summer people are feeding ducks in the river more frequently which can bring rats into the area.
“When feeding ducks, we would encourage people to do so sensibly.”