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Beloved Labrador Dies Following Savage Attack By Dogs In Sutton.

6th October 2021
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Beloved Labrador Dies Following Savage Attack By Dogs In Sutton.

A brave owner used himself as a human shield in a desperate attempt to save his dog after they were viciously attacked by two lone dogs. 

He was walking his black Labrador ‘Izzy’ on Coppice Croft, Sutton-in-Ashfield, when he saw two English bull terriers emerge from a nearby public footpath. 

The dogs came towards them and then violently attacked Izzy, locking their teeth into her during their frenzied attack. 

Her owner, who has previously won a national award for saving a dog’s life, tried to get them off his beloved pet and knelt over Izzy to create a shield to protect her. 

However the attack continued despite his desperate efforts and he suffered severe bite wounds to his hands and arms as he tried to fend them off. 

Izzy’s cries were heard by nearby residents, one of whom hit the dogs with a stick to try and stop the attack but it had no effect. 

Police officers arrived on scene within minutes and managed to the get the dogs off Izzy and a dog handler was able to contain them. 

The incident happened just after 8am on the 23rd of October last year and lasted about 20 minutes. 

Izzy’s owner was given first aid for his injuries by paramedics before he was taken to hospital for treatment. 

An officer rushed Izzy to a local vets and she was then taken to a specialist vets but she died the next day due to her severe injuries. 

The English bull terriers had escaped from an insecure garden at their owner’s address in Alfreton Road. 

Tomasz and Magdalena Adamowicz, aged 41 and 38, pleaded guilty to two counts of being the owner/person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury. 

They appeared at Nottingham Crown Court last month (30 September 2021) and were both given eight-month prison sentences, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay £4,700 compensation. 

The court also made an order for the dogs to be immediately destroyed. 

Izzy’s owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was still affected physically and mentally to this day since the attack.

He’d had Izzy since she was three months old.

She was nearly ten years old when she died. 

He said: “I miss Izzy terribly. She was my best friend and companion. I miss the days where I would go on long walks with her. I used to walk her two or three times a day. She was as fit as a butcher’s dog. 

“She was very well known and was friendly with everyone. Even the children at the local school used to know her and gave her a stroke.  “I’ll never forget when I put her in the back of the police car after the attack. She looked at me and I didn’t see her again. I was in hospital receiving treatment for my injuries when I was told she’d died.” 

He added: “The scarring I have is a constant reminder of the horrors of the incident. When I see my scars I get vivid flashbacks of Izzy and me being pulled apart by these dogs. 

“I still don’t have full operational use of my right hand which causes me difficulty to complete simple day-to-day tasks. I have been told this is permanent damage because of this incident.” 

In 1988 Izzy’s owner received a Royal Society for the Protection of Animals award for saving a dog’s life.  He said: “I was a plant vehicle driver at Markham Pit at the time. I saw a dog’s head sticking out of a slurry pool. I jumped out of my wagon and got some planks to get to the dog and pull it out. I’m not a hero, it was just by pure chance I was there and I did what anyone else would have done.  “I still have a love for animals and I just hope no-one else has to go through what Izzy and I did.” 

Police Constable Ryan Lewis, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was an extremely distressing incident for all those involved and who saw this attack which resulted in a dog dying from its injuries and her brave owner suffering severe injuries. 

“The owners of these dogs were previously issued with a community protection warning in June 2020 following a report of a dog-on-dog attack involving their dogs. 

“They were warned to keep their dogs under control, muzzled and within the boundaries of their garden but both accepted their garden had not been properly secured since this previous incident. 

“I hope the outcome of this case serves as a warning to other dog owners that they need to make sure their dogs are properly controlled and trained, to reduce the risk of incidents like this occurring. If they don’t then they could end up facing future criminal proceedings.”

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