Partially sighted woman and her guide dog savaged by dog

Lyn Godwin and guide dog Vicki.

Lyn Godwin and guide dog Vicki.

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A PARTIALLY-SIGHTED woman and her guide dog were subjected to a terrifying dog attack on a Southampton high street.

Lyn Godwin and guide dog Vicki were walking down Portswood high street yesterday when the attack happened.

At about 3pm a dog which had been tied on a rail outside Portswood library slipped its teather and attacked the pair.

Sixty-year-old Lyn, who has limited vision due to diabetic retinopathy, screamed for help and passers-by intervened to separate the dog from the pair.

Luckily neither Lyn or seven-year-old Vicki were injured, although both were left severely shaken by the incident.

She said: “I felt like I was on a roundabout.

“Everything was spinning. I could hear Vicki yelping with a noise I had never heard her make before and at one point the dog launched itself and it and Vicki were both on top of me on the ground. I was terrified.”

The owner of the dog appeared and collected the animal before leaving the scene.

Police have since found the owner, and are continuing their enquiries.

Staff from Guide Dogs Southampton Mobility Team visited Lyn soon after the attack.

Engagement officer Kirsty Necker said: “It was clear that Lyn and Vicki were both very shaken and distressed.

“Though we could not see any puncture wounds on Vicki, we took her to the vets to have her checked over, particularly as the complicated surgery on Vicki's spine could have been compromised in the attack.

“Vicki is also a very sensitive dog and we were really worried about the psychological impact of this attack on her.”

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5:39pm Fri 30 May 14

bigfella777 says...

It was probably a staffy, ban the breed
It was probably a staffy, ban the breed bigfella777
  • Score: -24

5:41pm Fri 30 May 14

sotonbusdriver says...

Disgusting that a partial sighted person and her sight-dog, should get attacked on a HIGH STREET..
The dog responsible should destroyed regardless of whether it is a dangerous breed or not.. As it was a totally unprovoked attack.
Disgusting that a partial sighted person and her sight-dog, should get attacked on a HIGH STREET.. The dog responsible should destroyed regardless of whether it is a dangerous breed or not.. As it was a totally unprovoked attack. sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 34

5:50pm Fri 30 May 14

commonsence says...

I do hope the lady and her precious dog soon get over this and can have the courage to venture out. I wish them both well .
I do hope the lady and her precious dog soon get over this and can have the courage to venture out. I wish them both well . commonsence
  • Score: 42

6:45pm Fri 30 May 14

Titian says...

bigfella777 wrote:
It was probably a staffy, ban the breed
Tw@t.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It was probably a staffy, ban the breed[/p][/quote]Tw@t. Titian
  • Score: 13

7:57pm Fri 30 May 14

Mckinkle says...

Firstly my heart goes out to Lyn and Vicki but we were not told what complicated spinal surgery had been undertaken??
I would think that the tied up dog just pulled free at the sight of another dog approaching so wasnt planned at all. However a dog that could attack a placid guide dog is indeed a threat to society.
Firstly my heart goes out to Lyn and Vicki but we were not told what complicated spinal surgery had been undertaken?? I would think that the tied up dog just pulled free at the sight of another dog approaching so wasnt planned at all. However a dog that could attack a placid guide dog is indeed a threat to society. Mckinkle
  • Score: 6

8:07pm Fri 30 May 14

Mary80 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
It was probably a staffy, ban the breed
No ban dumbass OWNERS who clearly don't want to spend time and effort training them and by the way its NOT the breed its the OWNERS who create dangerous dogs by not giving it the proper training they need. I know plenty of people with Staffies and they are very friendly and clearly are trained. Staffies need intense training and a lot of time and effort and DEDICATION to making sure they don't attack people
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It was probably a staffy, ban the breed[/p][/quote]No ban dumbass OWNERS who clearly don't want to spend time and effort training them and by the way its NOT the breed its the OWNERS who create dangerous dogs by not giving it the proper training they need. I know plenty of people with Staffies and they are very friendly and clearly are trained. Staffies need intense training and a lot of time and effort and DEDICATION to making sure they don't attack people Mary80
  • Score: 23

8:57am Sat 31 May 14

bigfella777 says...

Mary80 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
It was probably a staffy, ban the breed
No ban dumbass OWNERS who clearly don't want to spend time and effort training them and by the way its NOT the breed its the OWNERS who create dangerous dogs by not giving it the proper training they need. I know plenty of people with Staffies and they are very friendly and clearly are trained. Staffies need intense training and a lot of time and effort and DEDICATION to making sure they don't attack people
Why not just get a normal breed that doesn't need such control? Because you wouldn't have the status.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It was probably a staffy, ban the breed[/p][/quote]No ban dumbass OWNERS who clearly don't want to spend time and effort training them and by the way its NOT the breed its the OWNERS who create dangerous dogs by not giving it the proper training they need. I know plenty of people with Staffies and they are very friendly and clearly are trained. Staffies need intense training and a lot of time and effort and DEDICATION to making sure they don't attack people[/p][/quote]Why not just get a normal breed that doesn't need such control? Because you wouldn't have the status. bigfella777
  • Score: 0

9:19am Sat 31 May 14

richard57 says...

every dog should have a licence and be micro chipped.people that dont comply are fined and dog taken away.
every dog should have a licence and be micro chipped.people that dont comply are fined and dog taken away. richard57
  • Score: 4

5:35pm Sat 31 May 14

JDP123 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
It was probably a staffy, ban the breed
No ban dumbass OWNERS who clearly don't want to spend time and effort training them and by the way its NOT the breed its the OWNERS who create dangerous dogs by not giving it the proper training they need. I know plenty of people with Staffies and they are very friendly and clearly are trained. Staffies need intense training and a lot of time and effort and DEDICATION to making sure they don't attack people
Why not just get a normal breed that doesn't need such control? Because you wouldn't have the status.
Why not call yourself littlechap777......o
h because status is important to you is it? Not all staffs are bad the problem is that around 20 years ago they became what you are talking about, a status dog and every 16 year old drug dealing thug had one by their side, they used to want them to be aggressive to go with the image, not a good look for a staff to be rolling over ready for a belly rub when he is needed to protect a deal gone wrong etc. Most of those dogs ended up being put into rescue centres and ultimately destroyed, however the legend lives on and mud has stuck to them, I have known some lovely staffs and some awful ones, the lovely ones were well cared for and given proper training as ALL dogs should be they awful ones were with lazy owners who should not have been allowed to home fleas let alone a dog. This story does not even give a breed description and yet there will always be those who must trawl for stories such as this ready to say must be a staff ban them all! Seriously make people have to pass a competence test to be able to own a dog and your would halve the problems with all breeds instantly.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It was probably a staffy, ban the breed[/p][/quote]No ban dumbass OWNERS who clearly don't want to spend time and effort training them and by the way its NOT the breed its the OWNERS who create dangerous dogs by not giving it the proper training they need. I know plenty of people with Staffies and they are very friendly and clearly are trained. Staffies need intense training and a lot of time and effort and DEDICATION to making sure they don't attack people[/p][/quote]Why not just get a normal breed that doesn't need such control? Because you wouldn't have the status.[/p][/quote]Why not call yourself littlechap777......o h because status is important to you is it? Not all staffs are bad the problem is that around 20 years ago they became what you are talking about, a status dog and every 16 year old drug dealing thug had one by their side, they used to want them to be aggressive to go with the image, not a good look for a staff to be rolling over ready for a belly rub when he is needed to protect a deal gone wrong etc. Most of those dogs ended up being put into rescue centres and ultimately destroyed, however the legend lives on and mud has stuck to them, I have known some lovely staffs and some awful ones, the lovely ones were well cared for and given proper training as ALL dogs should be they awful ones were with lazy owners who should not have been allowed to home fleas let alone a dog. This story does not even give a breed description and yet there will always be those who must trawl for stories such as this ready to say must be a staff ban them all! Seriously make people have to pass a competence test to be able to own a dog and your would halve the problems with all breeds instantly. JDP123
  • Score: 4

7:18pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says...

Mary80 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
It was probably a staffy, ban the breed
No ban dumbass OWNERS who clearly don't want to spend time and effort training them and by the way its NOT the breed its the OWNERS who create dangerous dogs by not giving it the proper training they need. I know plenty of people with Staffies and they are very friendly and clearly are trained. Staffies need intense training and a lot of time and effort and DEDICATION to making sure they don't attack people
its NOT the breed its the OWNERS who create dangerous dogs.
.
That sounds remarkably like the argument for retaining gun ownership in the US. Only absolute fools truly think that.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It was probably a staffy, ban the breed[/p][/quote]No ban dumbass OWNERS who clearly don't want to spend time and effort training them and by the way its NOT the breed its the OWNERS who create dangerous dogs by not giving it the proper training they need. I know plenty of people with Staffies and they are very friendly and clearly are trained. Staffies need intense training and a lot of time and effort and DEDICATION to making sure they don't attack people[/p][/quote]its NOT the breed its the OWNERS who create dangerous dogs. . That sounds remarkably like the argument for retaining gun ownership in the US. Only absolute fools truly think that. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne
  • Score: -1

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