A TINY dog needed thirty staples after he and his owner were attacked by two out-of-control Rottweilers in a public car park.
The 11-year-old Lhaso Apso called Max was out his normal walk with owner Jacqueline Walker when the two dogs came running towards them.
It happened last Tuesday at 9.15pm in the car park behind the Thornliebank clinic.
Owner Jacqueline (47) told The Extra: “It was horrific. I didn’t know what to do. At one point I was on top of Max trying to shield him from the dogs.
“The only reason I’ve not needed stitches is because I had a big padded jacket on and its sleeves are all now ripped.
“I’ve got bruises on my arms and legs but that’s it. I was just terrified. I thought they were going to rip Max apart”.
The owner of the Rottweilers eventually managed to get them off Max and the police were then called.
By the time cops arrived the man, who had been talking to his friend, had disappeared with the rottweilers.
Jacqueline added: “I’ve never seen them out there before. For the past four years I’ve walked that route and have never had any problems.
“I just want to make people aware of this so no-one gets hurt or killed.
“The police took us to the Vets Now Hospital Glasgow in Charing Cross. Max’s heart stopped for a few seconds while he was on the operating table.
“It was awful. I wasn’t sure if he’d make it through or not. Thankfully he’s now at home and on the mend”.
The surgery has cost Jacqueline and husband Peter almost £3,000.
Andrew Brown, veterinary specialist in emergency and critical care medicine at Vets Now Referrals, told The Extra: “If an animal receives a bite wound from a dog it is advisable to seek veterinary attention straight away so that the severity of the situation can be assessed.
“These bites can vary in severity from very mild to life-threatening and injuries can be a lot more serious than what is immediately evident from the surface.
“An animal’s condition can sometimes deteriorate rapidly requiring immediate attention, such as in this case”.
CCTV covering the area is currently being looked at by police.
Inspector Campbell Crawford added: “Enquires are ongoing into this episode, which was extremely distressing to the complainer and her dog.
“Anyone who was in the area at the time who may have information in respect of the dogs and their owner should contact Constable Carr at Giffnock police office on 532 5787”.