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Blind Woman Devastated After American Bulldogs Attack Her Guide Dog

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Blind Woman Devastated After American Bulldogs Attack Her Guide Dog

A blind woman collapsed in shock after her guide dog was savaged by two other dogs as she walked home from the shop.

Kathy Worthington, 48, was walking back from doing some shopping in Tesco in Dovecot, Liverpool with her black Labrador Kimba when he was set upon by the two American bulldogs.

Passers-by rushed over to help Kathy and Kimba with one man using a pole to get the dogs away.

The attack, which lasted several minutes, left poor Kimba with puncture wounds to his neck and side and he had to be rushed to the vets for treatment.

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Kathy had been with her partner, but he had gone back inside the shop to buy something, when he returned he found the two dogs attacking Kimba.

Credit: Liverpool Echo
Credit: Liverpool Echo

Witnesses said the two dogs had no collars and the owner was not close by.

The dogs' owner has since come forward and police are investigating the incident.

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Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Kathy said: "I couldn't really see what was going because I'm registered blind, but I first heard my partner shout, 'Kathy, watch the dog'.

"Then I felt two big dogs on me and he was trying to get them off me.

"One of the bulldogs was running around, biting Kimba, I was hysterical.

"I collapsed in shock, it was horrendous.

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"I could just hear my dog yelping, and people saying, 'they are going to kill him!'

"It was so horrific.

"It probably lasted about two minutes, but it seemed like forever."

After being rushed to the vets, Kimba was given an injection to help ease his pain and is set to make a full recovery, however, Kathy says the attack has left him feeling nervous.

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She added: "Kimba seems okay now, he was very nervous over the weekend.

"I won't be ready to go out with him again for some time, it's been a bit of a lifeline being able to go for walks with him."

Kathy's daughter Natalia told the paper: "For the young lads who let this happen you should be absolutely ashamed of yourselves.

"For what little independence she did have, you have now taken this away from her.

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"There are no words."

Credit: Liverpool Echo
Credit: Liverpool Echo

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "Following reports on social media, the owner of the American Bulldogs came forward and is supporting the police investigation."

Detective Inspector Jennie Beck said: "This has caused a great deal of distress to the owner of the injured Labrador, who is registered blind and relies heavily on the assistance of her dog.

"I would like to remind all dog owners to take extra care and apply appropriate security measures to protect both dogs and their owners.

"Incidents like these are unacceptable and can cause a long-term harm, or worse.

"Please, keep an eye on your dogs at all times and keep them on a lead while out in public."

Featured Image Credit: Liverpool Echo

Topics: UK News, crime

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