Lurcher pack attack on Jack Russell in Spalding one of several police are investigating
A terrified dog owner is warning people to be alert after she and her pet suffered a frightening attack by a pack of lurchers.
Rebecca Street and her nine-year-old Jack Russell Marley were set upon near the Coronation Channel in Spalding - an area where several dog attacks are under investigation by police.
Little Marley has needed weeks of vet treatment since - with a bill of £7,000 and rising - and Rebecca is desperate to help fellow dog walkers to avoid going through the same ordeal.
Rebecca said: “It’s really upset a lot of the community - my next door neighbour has got a little dog and won’t go out.
“I want to help other dog owners to let them know. I don’t think anybody is safe at the moment walking their dogs.
“I relive it every time I close my eyes - I can’t sleep at night. I don’t want anybody else to go through that again.”
Her attack took place at about 2pm on December 18.
She was walking from her home in Clay Lake towards the Coronation Channel when she heard the dogs coming up behind her.
Knowing there had been issues in the area, she hoisted Marley on her shoulders.
However, the lurchers jumped up and knocked her to the ground and then set upon her little dog, inflicting a nasty injury.
A cyclist stopped and helped fend the dogs off, saving Rebecca and Marley from a worse fate.
However, since then Marley has faced lengthy vet treatment.
Rebecca said: “He’s such a fighter. He’s a happy go lucky little chap, he’s so lovely.”
Rebecca fears the lurchers’ owners are deliberately targeting dog walkers and are training them to attack.
She said: “They know what these dogs are capable of. Why are they not keeping them under control with a muzzle or a lead?They seem to be doing it for fun and enjoying it.”
Police say three people have reported incidents of dogs being dangerously out of control on the Coronation Channel since February 2021 - and that these have all ‘been investigated or are subject to ongoing investigation’.
Officers say a suspect has been identified for the December incident, but no arrests have yet been made.
Inspector Nick Waters said: “Since the incident in December, police have increased patrols of the river bank concerned and engaged with many people using the river bank.
“We would encourage persons to report any information or raise any questions relating to this matter, with the local neighbourhood team. The local team for the area can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via 101.”
Police say they are not aware of any alleged dog attack elsewhere in the district that is linked to the Coronation Channel incidents - despite rumours that this may be the case.