Grandfather feared he would die in terrifying dog attack

The Bolton News: Billy Ronan Billy Ronan

A GRANDFATHER has told how he feared for his life when he was attacked by a dog outside his home.

Billy Ronan was attacked by a German Shepherd dog as he was walked into his house.

The dog bit the 65-year-old’s right arm before he was able to free himself with the help of the dog’s owner.

But then it attacked again and sank its teeth into his left arm, which forced Mr Ronan’s copper arthritis band into his skin and left him bleeding profusely.

Mr Ronan takes warfarin tablets, which stop his blood from clotting.

He said: “I really thought I might die because of the warfarin issue — I probably should have got help nearby but I knew I needed medical attention so drove to the hospital in Chorley.”

He was initially treated at the Chorley facility but doctors decided he needed surgery and transferred him to the Royal Preston Hospital where he was operated on several days later.

Mr Ronan, a retired coach driver. said the attack on May 30 has left him “mentally scarred”.

He added: “I am feeling better physically and I’m on the mend but I have to get my wounds dressed regularly.

“I do feel more vulnerable now, I keep thinking of what might have happened if the owner hadn’t been there to help pull him away, it doesn’t bear thinking about really.”

“I think something has to be done, if the dog being put down means that a child won’t be attacked then maybe that should be considered.”

Horwich and Blackrod councillor, Ann Cunliffe, said residents have seen the dog roaming free in an area of land behind the houses, which is next to a children’s play area.

She added: “This attack happened near to both a play area and a nursery across the road so there is a lot of concern about this animal — this could have easily happened to a child.”

Police are aware of the incident and The Bolton News understands the dog’s owner was asked to go to Astley Bridge police station for questioning.

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling, who is campaigning for stricter dangerous dog laws, said: “This is another terrible example of what can happen when owners allow their dogs to get out of control.

“I hope the police will now take rapid action to ensure that this dog doesn’t hurt anyone else.”

Last year 14-year-old Jade Lmas-Anderson was mauled to death by a pack of dogs when she was at a friend’s house in Atherton.

Her family have campaigned since her death of tougher penalties for the owners of dangerous dogs.

And last month new powers were introduced meaning dog owners will no longer be immune from prosecution if their dog attacks someone in the home.

The maximum sentence for the owner of a dog that kills someone has also been raised from two years to 14 years.

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12:55pm Fri 13 Jun 14

cliff4treasurer says...

The councillor has asked for "rapid" action and the police have "asked" the owner to "attend astley bridge police station".
Over to you councillor?????
The councillor has asked for "rapid" action and the police have "asked" the owner to "attend astley bridge police station". Over to you councillor????? cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 9

1:16pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Farnworth Lady says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
The councillor has asked for "rapid" action and the police have "asked" the owner to "attend astley bridge police station".
Over to you councillor?????
Exactly cliff4treasurer.
Its beyond belief what The Police call swift justice.
However - If you or I did not pay our Council Tax, there would be a "rapid" knock on the door then, and an even rapider Court Appearance.
Get a grip Astley Bridge Police - get round to the Dog Owners Home...pronto.
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: The councillor has asked for "rapid" action and the police have "asked" the owner to "attend astley bridge police station". Over to you councillor?????[/p][/quote]Exactly cliff4treasurer. Its beyond belief what The Police call swift justice. However - If you or I did not pay our Council Tax, there would be a "rapid" knock on the door then, and an even rapider Court Appearance. Get a grip Astley Bridge Police - get round to the Dog Owners Home...pronto. Farnworth Lady
  • Score: 18

1:43pm Fri 13 Jun 14

devs says...

All dogs should be muzzled when they on the streets that will help to stop does attacking people over to you MPs
All dogs should be muzzled when they on the streets that will help to stop does attacking people over to you MPs devs
  • Score: -36

4:17pm Fri 13 Jun 14

allan111111 says...

Euthanize the owner and give the dog to a loving responsible home
Euthanize the owner and give the dog to a loving responsible home allan111111
  • Score: 14

5:07pm Fri 13 Jun 14

allan111111 says...

devs wrote:
All dogs should be muzzled when they on the streets that will help to stop does attacking people over to you MPs
Does usually run away at the sight of a human.....They are quite timid animals.....I love Bambi
[quote][p][bold]devs[/bold] wrote: All dogs should be muzzled when they on the streets that will help to stop does attacking people over to you MPs[/p][/quote]Does usually run away at the sight of a human.....They are quite timid animals.....I love Bambi allan111111
  • Score: 1

6:49pm Fri 13 Jun 14

artistpaint says...

Far 2 many dangerous dogs roaming the streets.why do people have dangerous dogs in the 1st place.
Far 2 many dangerous dogs roaming the streets.why do people have dangerous dogs in the 1st place. artistpaint
  • Score: -43

7:03pm Fri 13 Jun 14

allan111111 says...

artistpaint wrote:
Far 2 many dangerous dogs roaming the streets.why do people have dangerous dogs in the 1st place.
It's not the dogs that are dangerous it's the people that own them
[quote][p][bold]artistpaint[/bold] wrote: Far 2 many dangerous dogs roaming the streets.why do people have dangerous dogs in the 1st place.[/p][/quote]It's not the dogs that are dangerous it's the people that own them allan111111
  • Score: 10

7:16pm Fri 13 Jun 14

artistpaint says...

Partly yes.but its the potential of the dog.read the news and open your ears.and look at the sort of dogs that are killing kids and other dogs
Partly yes.but its the potential of the dog.read the news and open your ears.and look at the sort of dogs that are killing kids and other dogs artistpaint
  • Score: 0

7:24pm Fri 13 Jun 14

allan111111 says...

Knives are dangerous but I wouldn't ban them otherwise how will people peel their spuds @artistpaint ....The knife is only dangerous in the wrong hands
Knives are dangerous but I wouldn't ban them otherwise how will people peel their spuds @artistpaint ....The knife is only dangerous in the wrong hands allan111111
  • Score: 3

7:33pm Fri 13 Jun 14

artistpaint says...

Silly comparison...a knive and a dangerous dog....a dangerous dog can attack without an owner present.can a dangerous knive?
Silly comparison...a knive and a dangerous dog....a dangerous dog can attack without an owner present.can a dangerous knive? artistpaint
  • Score: 4

7:45pm Fri 13 Jun 14

allan111111 says...

A loyal..well looked after well fed dog will attack no one... I don't understand why you hate animals
A loyal..well looked after well fed dog will attack no one... I don't understand why you hate animals allan111111
  • Score: 5

7:55pm Fri 13 Jun 14

allan111111 says...

allan111111 wrote:
Knives are dangerous but I wouldn't ban them otherwise how will people peel their spuds @artistpaint ....The knife is only dangerous in the wrong hands
More people are killed by knives than dogs
[quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: Knives are dangerous but I wouldn't ban them otherwise how will people peel their spuds @artistpaint ....The knife is only dangerous in the wrong hands[/p][/quote]More people are killed by knives than dogs allan111111
  • Score: 5

7:12am Sat 14 Jun 14

Chrome1 says...

allan111111 wrote:
allan111111 wrote:
Knives are dangerous but I wouldn't ban them otherwise how will people peel their spuds @artistpaint ....The knife is only dangerous in the wrong hands
More people are killed by knives than dogs
No; more people are killed by other people than dogs. Dogs are dangerous and dirty. Get rid.
[quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: Knives are dangerous but I wouldn't ban them otherwise how will people peel their spuds @artistpaint ....The knife is only dangerous in the wrong hands[/p][/quote]More people are killed by knives than dogs[/p][/quote]No; more people are killed by other people than dogs. Dogs are dangerous and dirty. Get rid. Chrome1
  • Score: -3

7:50am Sat 14 Jun 14

ownerdriver says...

artistpaint wrote:
Partly yes.but its the potential of the dog.read the news and open your ears.and look at the sort of dogs that are killing kids and other dogs
Define dangerous dog, most reported dog bites are from small breed dogs.
[quote][p][bold]artistpaint[/bold] wrote: Partly yes.but its the potential of the dog.read the news and open your ears.and look at the sort of dogs that are killing kids and other dogs[/p][/quote]Define dangerous dog, most reported dog bites are from small breed dogs. ownerdriver
  • Score: 0

8:53am Sat 14 Jun 14

alfgoater says...

How many folk provoke the dogs and make hissing noises clap hands etc. to frighten it away, then they turn on you.?
How many folk provoke the dogs and make hissing noises clap hands etc. to frighten it away, then they turn on you.? alfgoater
  • Score: 4

10:15am Sat 14 Jun 14

allan111111 says...

@artistpaint thick off
@artistpaint thick off allan111111
  • Score: 1

7:24pm Sat 14 Jun 14

boydell says...

I have owned dogs all my life and I have found that JUST like some humans, there are dogs ....who will attack for NO reason what so ever. Thankfully these are few and far between, but If dogs are ill treated , ill, or hungry they can go one way or the other no matter what breed they are, so it is up to the owners to make sure that they are looked after properly. At the end of the day it is the owner who is fully responsible for the way their dogs behave.
I have owned dogs all my life and I have found that JUST like some humans, there are dogs ....who will attack for NO reason what so ever. Thankfully these are few and far between, but If dogs are ill treated , ill, or hungry they can go one way or the other no matter what breed they are, so it is up to the owners to make sure that they are looked after properly. At the end of the day it is the owner who is fully responsible for the way their dogs behave. boydell
  • Score: 3

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