Owner calls for a change to the law after her dog is attacked

Sharon Soanes and her dog Floyd who was attacked by a Staffordshire bull cross in Aylesbury
Sharon Soanes and her dog Floyd who was attacked by a Staffordshire bull cross in Aylesbury

A woman whose pet was viciously attacked by another dog is calling for a change in the law to help dog owners.

Sharon Soanes’ pedigree papillion dog Floyd was bitten by a Staffordshire cross earlier this month leaving her to fork out thousands of pounds to pay for his treatment.

Miss Soanes was walking Floyd on the evening of March 6 by the One Stop Shop in Fowler Road, Aylesbury.

She said: “My dog was on a lead but the Staffy cross was not.

“He approached my dog and bit him.

“The owner was trying to get their dog off mine.

“I was terrified – I could not believe what I was seeing.”

Miss Soanes, 41, from Bracken Way, Aylesbury said the incident has left Floyd terrified to go out.

She said: “I am frightened to take Floyd out and I am also worried about where I am going to get the money for if he needs more operations.

“I don’t know at the moment how much of an impact the injuries will have on him longer term.

“He has a cone on his head which is helping but it is an open wound so it needs time to heal.”

Miss Soanes said she felt the law needed to change to allow more protection for owners.

She said: “I have to deal with the stress of the whole thing and it just feels as though he has got away scot free.

“He was very apologetic about what happened but once the cost of Floyd’s treatment went up I wasn’t able to contact him.

“I know a few people who have had similar things happen to them as well.”

Miss Soanes said she had reported the incident to police and was expecting a visit from them in the coming days so they could see Floyd.