Over £2k raised after man and dog attacked in Birkenhead Park

More than £2000 has been raised towards veterinary costs after an 80-year-old man and his dog were attacked by two Staffordshire Bull Terriers on Cavendish Road on Sunday.

Denise Campbell, the daughter of the man who was attacked, has started a GoFundMe appeal She said, “My dad, who celebrated his 80th birthday the day before the attack, took his best mate for a walk on a nice Sunday afternoon.”

“My dad, who isn’t a well man, fell to the floor trying to shield his dog and was bitten by the dogs repeatedly, the dogs managed to get my dad’s dog and started to maul him in front of my dad a man who was so heroic ran over and pulled my dads dog out of the mouths of the dogs and was attacked himself leaving him with awful injuries.”

The man’s dog, ‘Bo’ suffered horrific injuries and Denise said that the vets are doing all they can to help but don’t know if he will survive. The bill is already over £3000.

Merseyside Police Officers seized two dogs following the incident on Sunday 15 May.

At around 11.50am, police received a report that a man and his small dog were being attacked by two Staffordshire Bull Terriers in Birkenhead Park on Cavendish Road, Birkenhead.

A man who was driving by stopped to help the victim, an 80-year-old man.

The Good Samaritan, a 33-year-old man, lifted the small dog and as he did was bitten on his leg and arm by the two Staffordshire Bull Terriers. The 80-year-old victim received minor injuries.

Police attended the scene, both victims were taken to hospital for their injuries and are recovering from the incident.

The small dog was taken for veterinary treatment.

Officers have seized the two Staffordshire Bull Terriers and their two owners will attend for police interviews at a later date.

Community Policing Inspector Peter Rexwinkel said, “This was a frightening incident for all involved and an investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.

“Although Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not a banned breed, they were reportedly out of control in a public place and as such officers have seized the dogs and the owners will be attending an interview.”

Inspector Rexwinkel added, “Merseyside Police takes such incidents seriously and have a dedicated Sergeant who reviews all cases concerning dogs.

“Anyone walking their dog in our local parks need to be mindful of their dog’s behaviour at all times and keep their pet on a lead if it is liable to be aggressive towards other park users.

“We will not tolerate irresponsible dog ownership on Merseyside and want to maintain all our parks as safe and welcoming places to be.”

Anyone who witnessed this incident or with any information is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook with reference 22000333218.

You can also call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To donate to the GoFiundMe appeal please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/vets-fees-for-bo

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