Radcliffe woman injured as stray dog mauls her poodle at Bury retail park

Henry bandaged up and recovering from his ordeal

Pam Baines was injured in the attack

Henry’s wounds

First published in News Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A WOMAN was injured as she desperately tried to shield her pet poodle from being mauled by a stray dog on a Bury retail park.

Pam Baines suffered bites onher left arm and right hand and one of her fingernails was ripped off during the fierce attack by a lone Pit Bull or Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Her two year-old pet, Henry, suffered numerous puncture wounds as well as injuries to its groin and legs.

The poodle was taken to a veterinary surgeon and underwent an operation following the incident which happened at Woodfields Retail Park on Sunday.

Mrs Baines, of Moor Close, Radcliffe, is anxious to trace a brave onlooker who intervened while many other passers-by who witnessed the incident failed to come to her aid.

Police say the dog responsible for the attack has not been found.

Mrs Baines, aged 56, said that if the animal had targeted a young child, the attack could have been fatal.

She said: “What really concerns me is that this dog is still roaming free.”

She added: “My husband Jon and I were walking with our poodle on his lead when this dog, either a Pit Bull or Staff, came out of nowhere and grabbed Henry.

“I immediately picked up Henry and held his head and chest tightly, so most of his injuries were to his legs and groin.”

As she clung to her dog, husband Jon, aged 57, attempted to free Henry from the jaws of the attacking animal.

“My husband eventually ended up on the ground but he managed to force the dog let go.

“He was a bit grazed and bruised as he tried to control the dog.

“As I made my way to our car which was about 50 yards away, the dog broke free, went for Henry again and grabbed him.

“Thankfully, a guy came up and helped us and got the dog off.

“A lot of other people were watching and not helping us at all.

“By this time, I was just hysterical and in a terrible state. The whole attack must have lasted between three and four minutes, but it seemed like an eternity.

“When we drove off, the dog was still charging around the car park. It was on its own and without a collar, but it was covered in blood. Someone must know something about the animal.”

Mrs Baines added: “Henry received multiple puncture wounds in the attack. The groin injury caused a hernia and internal tearing. I went to Fairfield Hospital where staff cleaned me up and made sure I was OK.”

The couple were reunited with their pet when it was allowed home on Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 101.

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9:32am Thu 28 Aug 14

shakencity says...

Whatever happened to muzzling of these and other dangerous dogs...is it not law anymore?
Whatever happened to muzzling of these and other dangerous dogs...is it not law anymore? shakencity
  • Score: 6

11:23am Thu 28 Aug 14

PennySmith says...

How awful. We had a very similar thing happen to our dog, luckily she wasn't injured, but left myself and our dog very nervous when out walking now. The dog that attacked her was a boxer, I had to kick the boxer several times to release its jaw from around her neck. No one came to help me. Hope Henry and yourself have no lasting effects.
How awful. We had a very similar thing happen to our dog, luckily she wasn't injured, but left myself and our dog very nervous when out walking now. The dog that attacked her was a boxer, I had to kick the boxer several times to release its jaw from around her neck. No one came to help me. Hope Henry and yourself have no lasting effects. PennySmith
  • Score: 20

12:34pm Thu 28 Aug 14

buckfeed17 says...

Well done to the owners and the passer by for protecting their little pooch. I hope he recovers mentally as well as physically the poor little guy.
Well done to the owners and the passer by for protecting their little pooch. I hope he recovers mentally as well as physically the poor little guy. buckfeed17
  • Score: 23

1:47pm Thu 28 Aug 14

xBuryGirlx says...

Poor thing hope you both recover well. There's some irresponsible dog owners about just deciding they don't want a dog one day and letting it go stray.
Poor thing hope you both recover well. There's some irresponsible dog owners about just deciding they don't want a dog one day and letting it go stray. xBuryGirlx
  • Score: 19

1:57pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Pilgrims Cross says...

In July my dog (on the lead) was attacked and wounded at Elton Reservoir by a powerful off the lead dog.
In July my dog (on the lead) was attacked and wounded at Elton Reservoir by a powerful off the lead dog. Pilgrims Cross
  • Score: 4

2:15pm Thu 28 Aug 14

manchester1 says...

shakencity wrote:
Whatever happened to muzzling of these and other dangerous dogs...is it not law anymore?
It was a stray, on its own....
[quote][p][bold]shakencity[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to muzzling of these and other dangerous dogs...is it not law anymore?[/p][/quote]It was a stray, on its own.... manchester1
  • Score: -5

9:44pm Thu 28 Aug 14

xBuryGirlx says...

manchester1 wrote:
shakencity wrote:
Whatever happened to muzzling of these and other dangerous dogs...is it not law anymore?
It was a stray, on its own....
Why so many thumbs down? What Manchester1 has said is true!
[quote][p][bold]manchester1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shakencity[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to muzzling of these and other dangerous dogs...is it not law anymore?[/p][/quote]It was a stray, on its own....[/p][/quote]Why so many thumbs down? What Manchester1 has said is true! xBuryGirlx
  • Score: -2

10:15am Fri 29 Aug 14

Cjb2105 says...

These comments are lovely, they are very lucky as it could of been a lot worse. Henry is recovering remarkably well physically, his owners injuries are also improving quite well. I just wish people would stop raising dogs to be aggressive, they are supposed to be pets
These comments are lovely, they are very lucky as it could of been a lot worse. Henry is recovering remarkably well physically, his owners injuries are also improving quite well. I just wish people would stop raising dogs to be aggressive, they are supposed to be pets Cjb2105
  • Score: 13

10:56am Fri 29 Aug 14

newsqueen123 says...

Shakencity - Just because it was identified as a staff or pitbull type doesn't make it dangerous and it certainly doesn't mean it should be muzzled. Not all pitbulls and staffs are dangerous and the fact that no difference was identified between a staff and pitbull shows no one has any idea. Pitbulls and staffs have a vast amount of differences. People once again stereotyping a small stocky dog to be a danger. Some have been raised wrong and are but the majority have been raised correctly and are no danger!
Shakencity - Just because it was identified as a staff or pitbull type doesn't make it dangerous and it certainly doesn't mean it should be muzzled. Not all pitbulls and staffs are dangerous and the fact that no difference was identified between a staff and pitbull shows no one has any idea. Pitbulls and staffs have a vast amount of differences. People once again stereotyping a small stocky dog to be a danger. Some have been raised wrong and are but the majority have been raised correctly and are no danger! newsqueen123
  • Score: -17

1:45pm Fri 29 Aug 14

shakencity says...

Oh calm do dramaqueen, iIt was a comment about "dangerous dogs" in general....not necessarily about the dog in question.

I'm not a dog owner myself but I thought there was a law brought out about muzzling these kinds of dogs, i just never see any nowadays, so maybe there isn't one.

"Not all pitbulls and staffs are dangerous"....so are you admitting that some are??
That quote can be said about any breed. I just want to know if anyone knew what the law was. Jeez, i give up with some people!!
Oh calm do dramaqueen, iIt was a comment about "dangerous dogs" in general....not necessarily about the dog in question. I'm not a dog owner myself but I thought there was a law brought out about muzzling these kinds of dogs, i just never see any nowadays, so maybe there isn't one. "Not all pitbulls and staffs are dangerous"....so are you admitting that some are?? That quote can be said about any breed. I just want to know if anyone knew what the law was. Jeez, i give up with some people!! shakencity
  • Score: 4

6:04pm Sun 31 Aug 14

practicalone2 says...

newsqueen123 wrote:
Shakencity - Just because it was identified as a staff or pitbull type doesn't make it dangerous and it certainly doesn't mean it should be muzzled. Not all pitbulls and staffs are dangerous and the fact that no difference was identified between a staff and pitbull shows no one has any idea. Pitbulls and staffs have a vast amount of differences. People once again stereotyping a small stocky dog to be a danger. Some have been raised wrong and are but the majority have been raised correctly and are no danger!
This attack was that of a "good" pit doing exactly what it was created to do: attack and maim and if possible kill its own kind for no reason and without first trying to avoid s conflict.

These sociopathic traits are unique to pits. That's why dog fighters use pits! Call them whatever name you wish, pits are the best at attacking dogs.

Good pits need no training to hunt and attack dogs. Read pitbull books by the authors Eugene Glass, Joseph Colby, Richard Stratton. None of these books contain any advice on training your Pitbull to attack and kill dogs. That's because none is necessary. They simply let the pitbull mature and then they let them fight.

Pit bull books offer no advice on teaching your beagle to bark and sniff either. That is instinct to good beagles. Killing dogs is instinct to good Pits. When another dog is not available, any other species will do when the pitbull feels a rush of centuries of instinct to attack and then not stop.

Now that dog fighting is illegal, we must make the continued breeding of bully dogs illegal as well. Those who fight dogs hate this plan, but we should stop enabling dogfighters.

Enact and enforce mandatory spay neuter microchipping registry for all pits, pit mixes, all dog aggressive dogs. No responsible pit owner is punished, is his dogs are already spayed/neutered. If a lab mix is misidentified, no problem, she gets a free spay. Breeders of other dogs: know who are buying your pups and for what purpose. When in doubt, spay/neuter before sale to prevent selective breeding for increasing dog aggression and reactivity. If you fail and over the many decades you are breed it comes the next pitbull, your breed gets added to the s/n law.
[quote][p][bold]newsqueen123[/bold] wrote: Shakencity - Just because it was identified as a staff or pitbull type doesn't make it dangerous and it certainly doesn't mean it should be muzzled. Not all pitbulls and staffs are dangerous and the fact that no difference was identified between a staff and pitbull shows no one has any idea. Pitbulls and staffs have a vast amount of differences. People once again stereotyping a small stocky dog to be a danger. Some have been raised wrong and are but the majority have been raised correctly and are no danger![/p][/quote]This attack was that of a "good" pit doing exactly what it was created to do: attack and maim and if possible kill its own kind for no reason and without first trying to avoid s conflict. These sociopathic traits are unique to pits. That's why dog fighters use pits! Call them whatever name you wish, pits are the best at attacking dogs. Good pits need no training to hunt and attack dogs. Read pitbull books by the authors Eugene Glass, Joseph Colby, Richard Stratton. None of these books contain any advice on training your Pitbull to attack and kill dogs. That's because none is necessary. They simply let the pitbull mature and then they let them fight. Pit bull books offer no advice on teaching your beagle to bark and sniff either. That is instinct to good beagles. Killing dogs is instinct to good Pits. When another dog is not available, any other species will do when the pitbull feels a rush of centuries of instinct to attack and then not stop. Now that dog fighting is illegal, we must make the continued breeding of bully dogs illegal as well. Those who fight dogs hate this plan, but we should stop enabling dogfighters. Enact and enforce mandatory spay neuter microchipping registry for all pits, pit mixes, all dog aggressive dogs. No responsible pit owner is punished, is his dogs are already spayed/neutered. If a lab mix is misidentified, no problem, she gets a free spay. Breeders of other dogs: know who are buying your pups and for what purpose. When in doubt, spay/neuter before sale to prevent selective breeding for increasing dog aggression and reactivity. If you fail and over the many decades you are breed it comes the next pitbull, your breed gets added to the s/n law. practicalone2
  • Score: 3
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