Dog attack sparks hunt

THE owners of a dog that bit a man’s thumb and savaged his pet whippet in Sudbury are being hunted by police.

A 63-year-old man and his 59-year-old wife, from Sudbury, were walking their two whippets in Melford Road last Tuesday when a Staffordshire-type dog attacked at around 5.30pm.

A police spokeswoman said: “It had the man’s dog by the throat – he tried to break its grip but he couldn’t.

“Two boys ran over to assist and managed to get it to loosen its grip. The whippet suffered injuries to its throat, and the man was bitten on the thumb.”

Police are looking for the two boys, believed to be the brown and white Staffordshire terrier’s owners.

One is described as white, 15 years old and about 5ft 2in tall. The other is described as white, 13 years old and about 4ft 6in tall. Both boys are of slim build with short brown hair. They were wearing dark clothing.

A police spokesman said: “We would always urge dog owners to ensure they have proper control over their animals at all times, so that incidents such as this can be avoided.

“If anyone has any concerns about a dog being dangerously out of control they should contact the police for advice.”

Anyone with information in relation to this incident should call Pc Stephen Thompson on 101.