Dog threw pet like a rag doll with blood and fur everywhere as neck torn

The owner of a Staffordshire bull terrier that had its neck ripped open after being violently attacked by an out-of-control Akita has been left traumatised by the incident.

Karen Waddington's beloved pet Buster was thrown around like a rag doll after it was targeted by the large white aggressive dog.

The 47-year-old was walking her 12-year-old pooch in Hawick, Scottish Borders, last Tuesday when the Akita came running around the corner and launched its attack.

The mum-of-five watched on in horror as Buster was grabbed by the neck and viciously thrown around.

Even the intervention of a neighbour, who ran out of their nearby house and tried hitting the dog so it would release the other dog, did nothing to stop the relentless attack.

Only when the Akita's male owner emerged on the scene was Buster released to a hysterical Karen.

Karen shared distressing images which show Buster's fur covered in blood after his neck was completely ripped open, and one post-op image showing his neck stitched back together.

The incident was reported to Police Scotland and the SSPCA but Karen claims there is believed to be no investigation at this stage.

She said on the day of the incident they checked there were no other dogs around before letting Buster off the lead.

But, as soon as she did, the Akita came around the corner on a retractable lead.

"It happened in a flash," she said.

"He was getting thrown around like a rag doll by his neck. He had flesh ripped out of him, it was laying on the grass. I remember saying, 'he's going to kill him, he's going to kill him'. I was screaming.

"There was blood and fur going everywhere. A neighbour came to help and was punching it but it wouldn't let go. The woman whose dog it was ran to go and get her husband and didn't come back. Then this guy in an orange vest came around the corner and shouted at the Akita and it dropped Buster."

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Karen said that after an operation Buster got a drain put in his shoulder to let fluid out and was on ketamine for three days.

"SSPCA will not do anything about this and the police said they couldn't do anything about it," she added

"What if it was a child? I am traumatised. He's such a sweet and adorable dog, I hope this won't change him."

Karen shared distressing images of Buster's injuries on Facebook last Wednesday, writing: "Caution graphic pictures, but just a wee update on Buster.

Linda Mackie, believed to have witnessed the attack, said: "It's terrible, I thought someone was being murdered."

Susan MacRae said: "My heart goes out to you both! What a frightening experience for you and your beautiful boy! I wish him and you a speedy recovery from your awful ordeal."

Speaking on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the SSPCA said: "We don't enforce any legislation around control of dogs or dangerous dogs so this isn't something we would deal with.

"We would suggest contacting Police Scotland about this incident."

Police Scotland have been approached for comment.

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