Warning after dog attack in Ashton Park

Posted on - 24th February, 2019 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Parks, Preston News
Alice needed stitches after the attack Pic: Blog Preston
Alice needed stitches after the attack Pic: Blog Preston

A woman is urging dog owners to be on their guard after her dog was attacked in Ashton Park.


Stephanie Beswick-Holmes was walking with her husband Tom, her baby and their two dogs, Alice and Dolly, when a Staffordshire Bull Terrier ran at them on Saturday (23 February).

The Staffie grabbed Alice by the neck while Stephanie, her husband, the Staffie’s owner and another girl tried to get it off.

Stephanie said: “I genuinely thought I was seeing my dog being killed.”

When the Staffie let go of Alice, a woman gave Stephanie a lift to the vets, where Alice was given stitches and antibiotics and kept overnight.

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Stephanie said: “I know a lot of people who take their dogs and children on that park – please, please be aware and so careful.

“It looks like Alice will be okay but I’m informed it’s not the first time something like this has happened with dogs there and I would hate for anyone else to be go through what we did.”

Stephanie said she had reported the dog attack to Lancashire Police who told her they would not investigate as it was a dog-on-dog attack. She has since reported the incident to the dog warden service at Preston City Council.

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