A dog owner was viciously bitten while trying to defend her pup from an aggressive Akita last week.
Lesley Kane is currently receiving antibiotics for an infection in the bite she received in the terrifying daylight attack in Ratoath, County Meath, last Wednesday.
Thankfully her two-year old Border Collie rescue dog Colt was uninjured, but he remains shaken after the incident.
Lesley and husband Paul were walking Colt to the local village vet to get his shots when they spotted the Akita, which had escaped its owner.
"The local community had issued an alert on social media earlier about the straying dog so all the parents had taken their children in," she told the Irish Mirror.
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"When we saw him, it was like watching a wolf on a hunt, a real muscular predator."
Within moments the dog had "pounced" on Colt in a ferocious attack.
"We were trying to kick him off but you wouldn't believe the strength of him," Lesley said.
"It was heartbreaking listening to the squeals of Colt. The Akita went for Colt's neck and I just stuck my hand in to try and stave him off as I know if he had got his neck, my dog would be dead.
"It all happened in a split second and he bit me on the hand. But it was enough time for Colt to run – we call him Usain Colt because of his speed and I think that helped him too."
The Akita chased Colt to the Tesco nearby, but a second attack was prevented by family friend Sean Buchanan who managed to stop the aggressive dog.
"Someone managed to get the Akita on a lead and brought him to the vets where his chip could be read to trace the owner," Lesley said.
"Sean is a friend of the family and knows Colt and managed to coax him back to us.
"I just kicked off my flip flops and dropped my bag and phone and everything to run after Colt so I was left running in my bare feet with blood dripping everywhere!
"Two local women were so good, they took my husband and I in their cars in different directions to look for our pet.
"People were literally holding their head in their hands looking on, fully sure they were going to see this little creature ripped to pieces in front of them."
Thankfully Colt got the all-clear from the vet and Lesley was put on a course of antibiotics for an infected bite on her hand.
"The vet said it was because of the thickness of Colt's coat that the Akita couldn't get his teeth into him but it could have been a different story if he had more time on Colt.
"He is traumatised though and afraid to go out for a walk. I'm ok but I have no doubt that if I didn't put my hand in, he'd be dead."
"I'd just like to say a big thank you to Sean and his friends and the young women from Ratoath College who helped look for Colt and helped to keep me calm."
Lesley said the owner of the Akita made contact to apologise for the dog, which had apparently escaped from his back garden.
However she has still logged the incident with gardai in case of a recurrence.
"I'm a complete animal lover but it's the law that these dogs have to be muzzled, and an estate where there are young kids playing is no place for this breed of dog.
"The reason I'm highlighting this is that my dog could easily have been a young child. Owners need to be more responsible if they own dogs which are aggressive by nature.
"They need to be securely kept in or muzzled and on a lead if out and about."
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