Warning issued after badger savages pet dog

PUBLISHED: 15:29 21 July 2013

Lesley Slater, Pippa, Carla Stanley

Lesley Slater, Pippa, Carla Stanley

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A WORRIED dog lover has issued a warning after her pet was savaged by a badger in a Welwyn Garden City wood.

Pippa, who was attacked by a badgerPippa, who was attacked by a badger

Carla Stanley wants other hound owners to watch out in Sherrardspark Wood after her four-year-old Labrador cross-breed was attacked.

Pippa disappeared in the bushes after she was let off her leash, and 10 to 15 minutes later she returned covered in blood.

The 31-year-old care worker told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “At first we thought she had been attacked by another dog, but there wasn’t the noise of a dog or anyone else there.

“Then we thought maybe she had gone through a sharp fence.

Pippa, who was attacked by a badgerPippa, who was attacked by a badger

“The vet said it was definitely a badger attack because the punctures are quite small.

“She’s quite bad.”

The mother-of-two, of Peartree Lane, WGC, added: “She is lucky, she has one scratch by her eye, she is lucky they missed her eye.”

Pippa is now on the mend but “is not very happy”.

Mrs Stanley has called for other dog walkers to watch out for the black and white beasts while in the woods.

Welwyn Hatfield Council has echoed her call and has advised dog walkers to keep their pets on leads.

A spokeswoman said: “It is extremely rare to hear about a badger attack on a dog in woods locally.

“However, we understand that between about December and August badgers will do their utmost to protect their cubs, and this is could be a reason for an attack in the woods. If walking in woodland at dusk, when badgers are more likely to be around, it’s best to keep a dog on a lead.

“We hope that the dog which suffered injury as a result of coming into contact with a badger in Sherrardspark Wood is making a good recovery.”

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