A BRAVE 15-year-old ‘superdog’ has survived a terrifying attack after being shaken ‘like a doll’ in the jaws of a Bull Terrier.
Solihull resident Debbie Jane-Combe was walking her beloved Greyhound Wispa round the corner from her home in Marcot Road.
Wispa is approaching her 16th birthday – making her older than 100 in human years – and is a well-known character in the Lyndon dog-walking community.
The attack which took place on Gilbert Stone Avenue on Monday (December 17) has prompted an outpouring of concern for Wispa.
Debbie has called on residents to help find the dangerous dog and its owner whom she considers is responsible.
She fears for the safety of other dogs, small children and people in the community.
Debbie said: “The sun was shining and before we go for a walk I always stop and give her a cuddle and give her a little kiss on the head.
“I looked up and suddenly I saw this dog in front of us. It was a great big stocky thing. It looked like a Bull Terrier.
“I expected to see a lead and an owner on the end of it. But I didn’t. I was scared.
“It was suddenly on top of Wispa and it had got the back of her neck in its mouth and it was shaking, shaking her. Like a doll.
“She was crying and howling. She’s lucky to be alive.
“She is only just sleeping now. She hasn’t slept for 36 hours, she has just been staring into space. She is in shock.
“It was just horrific, even now I can’t believe it happened.
“I might have had my three little granddaughters with me. That doesn’t bear thinking about.
“I just don’t want it to happen to someone else.”
Wispa is now on the road to recovery according to her vets.
She had her skin stapled back together and her wound cleaned. She was too old to be fully sedated.
Her outer ear was damaged but vets say they are confident no lasting damage has been done.
Wispa is due back at the vets to monitor the wound and prevent an infection.
Debbie also wanted to thank the members of the public who came to her and Wispa’s aid at the time of the attack.
She said she was also crying and kicked the dog desperately to get it off Wispa, but the dog seemed unfazed.
The dog eventually let go as people came running over.
West Midlands Police said the attack had been reported and “inquiries are ongoing”.