Dog owners urged to come forward after Hele attack

JD, who had to be put to sleep after being badly injured by another dog in an apparent unprovoked at

JD, who had to be put to sleep after being badly injured by another dog in an apparent unprovoked attack at hele Bay. - Credit: Archant

Council appeal for information after Ilfracombe dog attack that left pet greyhound so injured it had to be put to sleep.

THE owners of a dog which attacked and seriously injured another dog on Hele beach in Ilfracombe have been urged to contact North Devon Council.

Diane and Paul Fraser reported their greyhound JD was attacked on Sunday at around 4.30pm by what was described as a large bull terrier-type dog, which left him with such severe injuries he had to be put to sleep.

The council dog warden has taken witness statements from the Frasers and will be meeting police this week as part of the investigation.

The council said the offending dog, which the Frasers say attacked while 14-year-old JD was being walked on a lead, is believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier-mastiff cross.

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“We understand the dog attack was unprovoked, with the owners of the dog that carried out the alleged attack leaving without passing their details on,” said community protection manager Amanda Palmer.

“They are described as a man and woman in their 30s, who had a young girl with them, believed to be around seven-years-old.

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“I would like to urge them to contact us, so that we can get further information about the incident and ensure any safeguarding issues are addressed promptly.”

The council has asked anyone with any information about the incident to call on 01271 388870 or email

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