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Dear Formby Bubble - Warning to beach users - Dangerous Dog on Formby Beach


Dear Formby Bubble:

I would like to bring to your attention an incident on Formby beach about a dangerous dog. The dog attacked my dog on the beach near the RNLI Lifeguard Cabin at the boardwalk at 3:15pm yesterday, 18th April 2018.

I had just given my 3-year-old German Shepherd a drink of water when an unleashed, out of control, white pit bull type dog appeared and ran at speed towards my dog followed by a man & woman chasing and screaming at it. It hit my dog and bowled him over and clamped it's teeth around his throat. It tried to throw my dog around but it was smaller than him and it took 30 to 40 seconds to get its jaws released.

There were many people on the beach who witnessed this and suggested the attacking dog was either an American Bulldog or a Pit Bull Terrier. One witness said it had been snarling aggressively at passers-by and their dogs for some time.

I took my dog straight to Village Vets Formby and they checked him over thoroughly and gave him an anti inflammatory injection and a course of antibiotics.

My concern is that if this dog had seized a child the consequences could have been tragic. I've reported the attack to Merseyside Police but would like all users of the beach to be aware of this dangerous dog in case it returns. Thank you.


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