A woman has told how her pet dog had to have a leg amputated after it was attacked in her garden by a Staffordshire bull terrier.
Kerry Howkins, of Braunstone Frith, said she bit and punched the bull terrier as she fought to save her four-year-old pet, Buddy.
The 39-year-old said she was standing in her kitchen on August 1 when she saw the bull terrier race into her garden and attack her dog – a Bichon Frisé cross.
She said: “I ran straight out and the dog was already attacking Buddy.
“The terrier had its jaws locked on one of Buddy’s front legs.
“I grabbed hold of Buddy and bit the other dog on the neck and punched it as many times as I could.
“It would not let go and I thought it was going to kill my dog. All of sudden, a neighbour jumped over my fence and the dog let go of Buddy’s leg.
“I could not believe what had happened.”
Ms Howkins said she rushed Buddy to the PDSA hospital, in Braunstone, where they treated injuries to his front left leg.
She said he was operated on and came home three days later.
She said: “I took him back in on August 9 and they said the wound was infected and they had to amputate his leg.
“He is recovering and being very brave but this sort of thing should not happen in your own back garden.
“The police have been to see me and spoke to the neighbour who owns the dog.
“The police told me there was nothing they could do about it as no criminal offence had been committed.
“It is awful. My 11-year-old daughter Kelsey saw the whole attack and is very upset about it.
“We are too scared to open our back door and use our own garden out there.
“There needs to be a change in the law so that a dog owner whose dog attacks another dog and causes such injury can be prosecuted. It is a crazy situation.”
A police spokeswoman said: “We were called out after a Staffordshire bull terrier entered a garden and attacked the occupant’s dog.
“The dog sustained an injury to its leg. The owner of the offending dog was spoken to and advised accordingly. No criminal offences were identified.”
The owner of the dog was contacted by the Mercury but declined to comment.