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WALES: Woman ill after mastiffs attack pet.

Byline: By DAVID POWELL

A DOG owner needed hospital treatment for shock after her pet was savaged by a bull mastiff "the size of a donkey".

Diane Owens' shitsu dog, Beckie, was attacked at a car boot sale in Rhyl.

The bull mastiff clamped its jaws around 13-year-old Beckie and a stallholder had to prise its teeth apart with a screwdriver.

North Wales Police officers were called and took witness statements after the attack on Sunday.

The incident aggravated a medical condition for Mrs Owens, 66, a retired Llandudno hotelier.

She was taken with husband David, 65, for treatment at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, where she was placed on a drip.

The couple were leaving the car boot sale, opposite Sainsbury's, when two bull mastiffs spotted the shitsu and dashed towards her.

Mrs Owens said: "They pulled their two owners towards us. One bull mastiff dived onto Beckie and threw her into the air. It was the size of a donkey. No-one could open its mouth. It was horrendous."

"The owners were from Prestatyn but had Liverpool accents. They said they had only got their dogs from a dog compound on the Thursday beforehand."

A vet treated Beckie for cuts and gave her antibiotic jabs.

Mrs Owens said: "The dog bit her face and ear and her back is bruised.

"Her tail doesn't go up at the moment but at least she's alive."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 7, 2007
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