Owner's anguish after puppy is attacked by terriers in Chippenham

This Is Wiltshire: Chase, a five-month-old Irish Setter puppy who was attacked by Jack Russell Terriers in the donkey field by Bristol Road in Chippenham Chase, a five-month-old Irish Setter puppy who was attacked by Jack Russell Terriers in the donkey field by Bristol Road in Chippenham

A five-month-old puppy was set upon in an unprovoked attack by two Jack Russell Terriers in Chippenham.

Claire Prangle has had to fork out £258 in vets bills after an emergency operation followed by a second when her Irish Setter’s wound became infected.

She said she was subjected to a barrage of swearing when she asked the owners for their details.

She was out walking her two dogs at lunchtime in the donkey field near Sheldon School.

The terriers first went for her eight-year-old Irish Setter Spirit, who took fright and bolted. Spirit ran across Bristol Road and made her way home.

Miss Prangle said they then turned their teeth onto her young puppy Chase. They tore open his elbow before their owners managed to stop the attack which left him with a gash the size of a golf ball.

She said: “If my dog did that to another I’d be absolutely horrified. It can’t have gone on for much more than a minute but it seemed to be forever, it was very frightening. Blood was pouring out.

“Poor Chase is very nervous when we go out now.”

She is worried that a child may get hurt and is warning all her friends to be on the lookout for the two black, white and tan dogs.

“The field is next to a school,” she said. “And if these dogs can do that to my puppy, what could they do to a toddler? You get a lot of old people and people with children in that field. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

Miss Prangle, who works for Wiltshire Council, reported the incident, on February 1, to police and to the council’s dog warden service.

She said: “I remember seeing them walk down the road with the Jack Russells just before it happened. I noticed them because I thought they looked a bit out of control. I think they were on the lead in the field as well but they didn’t have control of them. When I asked for their details they were f’ing and blinding for ages, they had really foul mouths.”

She has seen the dogs since walking along Bath Road into Chippenham town centre.

Section three of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 makes it an offence for the owner of a dog and any other person in charge of it at the time to allow any dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place. A dog is considered to be out of control if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the dog will injure a person.

Any dangerous dog should be reported to the council’s dog warden service immediately on 0300 456 0100.

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9:18pm Tue 12 Feb 13

hitro says...

Had a similar attack when my daughters Jack Russell, who lived with us for some time, bit my wifes top lip , causing her to have several stitches. Blood was everywhere.
All she was doing was wanting to give the dog a cuddle, something she did regularly.
I pulled the dog off carefully by the throat and resisted the temptation to squeeze! It did not do it again - bless it.
That Reverend Jack Russell has a lot to answer for!!!
Had a similar attack when my daughters Jack Russell, who lived with us for some time, bit my wifes top lip , causing her to have several stitches. Blood was everywhere. All she was doing was wanting to give the dog a cuddle, something she did regularly. I pulled the dog off carefully by the throat and resisted the temptation to squeeze! It did not do it again - bless it. That Reverend Jack Russell has a lot to answer for!!! hitro

9:52pm Tue 12 Feb 13

elfwyn says...

Jack Russells are among the most dangerous dogs in the country. Every single one I've ever met has wanted nothing more than to sink its teeth into your ankle and hang on like grim death. They may be small, but they're vicious - one killed a baby not long ago.
If anyone's thinking about getting one - don't.
Jack Russells are among the most dangerous dogs in the country. Every single one I've ever met has wanted nothing more than to sink its teeth into your ankle and hang on like grim death. They may be small, but they're vicious - one killed a baby not long ago. If anyone's thinking about getting one - don't. elfwyn

9:58am Wed 13 Feb 13

Fred and Wilma says...

Yes Jack Russels can be aggressive but cant every dog! but if in doubt lets give them all a bad name it seems :(
Yes Jack Russels can be aggressive but cant every dog! but if in doubt lets give them all a bad name it seems :( Fred and Wilma

12:07pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Lady-J says...

What a load of rubbish you are talking. Well said Fred and Wilma all dogs can be aggresive so don't label all jack russells because of single insident. At the end of the day the owners are responsible for the dog, if a dog is taught aggresion that is what they will show.
I am an owner of a Jack Russell and he is the softest dog i have meet, he has been brought up with 2 teenage boys and i trust him to walk along the cycle track off his lead and never had a problem.
We also have relatives with small children visit regularly and they always play with my dog, but it is our responsibility to keep an eye on the both the children and the dog and let the children know when to stop and the dog has had enough.
Its about time people start looking at the upbringing of a dog and realising that it is the responsibility of the owners to control their pet.
What a load of rubbish you are talking. Well said Fred and Wilma all dogs can be aggresive so don't label all jack russells because of single insident. At the end of the day the owners are responsible for the dog, if a dog is taught aggresion that is what they will show. I am an owner of a Jack Russell and he is the softest dog i have meet, he has been brought up with 2 teenage boys and i trust him to walk along the cycle track off his lead and never had a problem. We also have relatives with small children visit regularly and they always play with my dog, but it is our responsibility to keep an eye on the both the children and the dog and let the children know when to stop and the dog has had enough. Its about time people start looking at the upbringing of a dog and realising that it is the responsibility of the owners to control their pet. Lady-J

1:12am Fri 15 Feb 13

Phorever says...

I am yet to meet a bad tempered Jack Russell.
It's Chihuahuas you have to watch out for.
Vicious bleeders they are.
I am yet to meet a bad tempered Jack Russell. It's Chihuahuas you have to watch out for. Vicious bleeders they are. Phorever

9:55pm Sat 16 Feb 13

well oill beef hooked says...

All dogs have the ability to show behaviour what that dog was originally bred for the jack russel did nothing more than that.It makes no difference if you have dog for that purpose or not.A labrador will retrieve if its a working gun dog or not.A border collie will always herd even if its just a pet.Jack russels is a hunting dog what is used to go down holes catch the prey and bite and shake.
The real danger is that people forget that all dogs can be dangerous,all dogs can bite. The biggest downfall in a dog is normally its owner.Its a unfortunate thing to happen but it does.What should happen now is the owner of the jack russel pay for the excess on any insurance or the complete vets bill for what his dog has done.if the owner is a decent person thats what should happen but by right he dosnt have to because both dogs i assume after reading article was off the lead so niether in full controll of there dogs.
All dogs have the ability to show behaviour what that dog was originally bred for the jack russel did nothing more than that.It makes no difference if you have dog for that purpose or not.A labrador will retrieve if its a working gun dog or not.A border collie will always herd even if its just a pet.Jack russels is a hunting dog what is used to go down holes catch the prey and bite and shake. The real danger is that people forget that all dogs can be dangerous,all dogs can bite. The biggest downfall in a dog is normally its owner.Its a unfortunate thing to happen but it does.What should happen now is the owner of the jack russel pay for the excess on any insurance or the complete vets bill for what his dog has done.if the owner is a decent person thats what should happen but by right he dosnt have to because both dogs i assume after reading article was off the lead so niether in full controll of there dogs. well oill beef hooked

4:24pm Sun 17 Feb 13

hedgerow says...

Why do people always assume that all Jack Russells are nasty. I have a lovely litte Jack Russell who has never even shown any sign of agression. Any dog can be nasty if they have not been trained in the correct way, and yes Jack Russells can be trained if the owner puts the time in. It is the owners fault that ANY dog can be nasty, please do not judge a book buy its cover until you know the dog.
Why do people always assume that all Jack Russells are nasty. I have a lovely litte Jack Russell who has never even shown any sign of agression. Any dog can be nasty if they have not been trained in the correct way, and yes Jack Russells can be trained if the owner puts the time in. It is the owners fault that ANY dog can be nasty, please do not judge a book buy its cover until you know the dog. hedgerow

5:25pm Sun 17 Feb 13

k10wen says...

It is the owners that are the dangerous ones. I have a JRT that was a rescue dog and have now trained her to live with 30 chickens in the garden; and regularly find her sat in a box with day old chicks. That said don't mention 'Mouse' as she will go bananas! All dogs respond to their owners... just they need the right attention to do the right thing!!!
It is the owners that are the dangerous ones. I have a JRT that was a rescue dog and have now trained her to live with 30 chickens in the garden; and regularly find her sat in a box with day old chicks. That said don't mention 'Mouse' as she will go bananas! All dogs respond to their owners... just they need the right attention to do the right thing!!! k10wen

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