East Lancs teen threw brick to stop vicious dog attack on woman

East Lancs teen threw brick to stop vicious dog attack on woman

East Lancs teen threw brick to stop vicious dog attack on woman

First published in North West The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

A TEENAGER has spoken of the moment he tried to stop a dog’s vicious attack in a quiet Accrington street.

Wade Rushton said he threw a brick at a boxer mastiff cross while it was mauling his 60-year-old neighbour on a footpath off Marsden Street, leaving her with penetrating injuries to the bone.

The 18-year-old, who lives on the street, said: “I came out because I heard somebody screaming. I went down the footpath and the dog was just chewing her up.

“She was defending herself, stabbing at the dog with a piece of plastic. The dog is usually dead friendly but it was just proper going, and would not stop.

“I came out with a knife because I was going to stab it, but people were saying, ‘no’, so I threw a brick instead.”

Another neighbour, who lives doors away from the dog’s victim called emergency services during the attack, at around 2.30pm on Sunday.

Mr Rushton said: “The ambulance came and the woman just got up. It was like angels came down and helped her. The dog was still biting her and there was blood everywhere.”

The victim was treated by paramedics, who called police, before being taken to Royal Preston Hospital for specialist care.

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said she suffered ‘nasty’ injuries to her shoulder, side and thigh and was in a serious condition.

DI Conrad Tapp, from Lancashire Police, said the dog, called Bruce, was killed after its owners relinquished ownership.

It was taken to a vets in Oswaldtwistle where it was put down.

DI Tapp said the victim had been walking her own dog when she was attacked, suffering bites to all four limbs that cut to the bone.

He said: “It appears this lady’s neighbours have been out repairing or cleaning a fence and they thought the dog was locked away. It wasn’t.”

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2:30pm Wed 16 Jul 14

GracesDad says...

Yet another story for all the dog lovers to come and tell me that it's not the dog but the owner at fault.

Bring your thumbs down and let's hope it's not you that gets mauled next!!!!!
Yet another story for all the dog lovers to come and tell me that it's not the dog but the owner at fault. Bring your thumbs down and let's hope it's not you that gets mauled next!!!!! GracesDad
  • Score: 14

2:34pm Wed 16 Jul 14

GracesDad says...

Question: Why wasn't the owner held accountable for the dogs actions?
Question: Why wasn't the owner held accountable for the dogs actions? GracesDad
  • Score: 29

2:43pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Akkybro says...

“I came out with a knife because I was going to stab it, but people were saying, ‘no’, so I threw a brick instead.”


Here we have a 60 year old being mauled by a dog yet it sounds like a few do-gooders standing by were more concerned about the dog, shame on them
“I came out with a knife because I was going to stab it, but people were saying, ‘no’, so I threw a brick instead.” Here we have a 60 year old being mauled by a dog yet it sounds like a few do-gooders standing by were more concerned about the dog, shame on them Akkybro
  • Score: 41

2:54pm Wed 16 Jul 14

GracesDad says...

Akkybro wrote:
“I came out with a knife because I was going to stab it, but people were saying, ‘no’, so I threw a brick instead.”


Here we have a 60 year old being mauled by a dog yet it sounds like a few do-gooders standing by were more concerned about the dog, shame on them
I'll bet they were all the LT readers that give the thumbs down!!!
[quote][p][bold]Akkybro[/bold] wrote: “I came out with a knife because I was going to stab it, but people were saying, ‘no’, so I threw a brick instead.” Here we have a 60 year old being mauled by a dog yet it sounds like a few do-gooders standing by were more concerned about the dog, shame on them[/p][/quote]I'll bet they were all the LT readers that give the thumbs down!!! GracesDad
  • Score: -9

8:22pm Wed 16 Jul 14

fireonthemountain says...

Well , I think Wade Rushton deserves a medal .
That was a brave thing to do .

I also feel the owners should be in court , I would like to see them heavily fined and ordered to pay substantial compensation .

I likewise have nothing but contempt for the do-gooder brigade .
The people who support wind farms (though not-in-their-back-ya
rd obviously) , yet drive enormous and pointess four wheel drives .

If Wade had killed the dog with a knife - I would have , without hesitation - they would have been screeching for HIM to be prosecuted .

Again , well done lad .
Well , I think Wade Rushton deserves a medal . That was a brave thing to do . I also feel the owners should be in court , I would like to see them heavily fined and ordered to pay substantial compensation . I likewise have nothing but contempt for the do-gooder brigade . The people who support wind farms (though not-in-their-back-ya rd obviously) , yet drive enormous and pointess four wheel drives . If Wade had killed the dog with a knife - I would have , without hesitation - they would have been screeching for HIM to be prosecuted . Again , well done lad . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 16

9:43pm Wed 16 Jul 14

TheCaveman says...

ANOTHER dog mauling by a known bad breed - when is this going to end? This dog should not have been so carelessly let out - nor should it have been a pet in the first place. The owners should be charged. Poor lady.
ANOTHER dog mauling by a known bad breed - when is this going to end? This dog should not have been so carelessly let out - nor should it have been a pet in the first place. The owners should be charged. Poor lady. TheCaveman
  • Score: 10

9:44pm Wed 16 Jul 14

mark anthony says...

I hope the lady make a full recovery. But it won't be the 1st nor the last
I hope the lady make a full recovery. But it won't be the 1st nor the last mark anthony
  • Score: 7

10:47pm Wed 16 Jul 14

blackburne67 says...

So brave, good lad.I think he had common sense about attacking the dog.You did what you could & I certainly would not have blamed you if you had stabbed the dog in order to preserve life.Hope the lady doesn't suffer any long term damage to her health & recovers from this traumatic & frightening experience.Irrespons
able dog owners need to be held accountable too!
So brave, good lad.I think he had common sense about attacking the dog.You did what you could & I certainly would not have blamed you if you had stabbed the dog in order to preserve life.Hope the lady doesn't suffer any long term damage to her health & recovers from this traumatic & frightening experience.Irrespons able dog owners need to be held accountable too! blackburne67
  • Score: 13

10:16am Thu 17 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

GracesDad wrote:
Yet another story for all the dog lovers to come and tell me that it's not the dog but the owner at fault.

Bring your thumbs down and let's hope it's not you that gets mauled next!!!!!
So go on then, what has caused the dog to attack this lady?

Any dog is a product of its breeding and the treatment it receives in its early life. My own dog came from a rescue centre and is terrified of any human being other than myself or my parents, to the extent that it will run away and cower under the stairs if it is approached by a stranger.

Human beings are no different. If a child is neglected, abused or otherwise mistreated, it's behaviour in later life is a reflection of it's upbringing. This is why criminality often runs in families - if your parents are criminals, there's a good chance that you will be too.

The owner of the dog in the article above clearly has little self respect and probably has anger management issues. Because the owner has inadequacy issues, he/she projects this onto a dog, which is bred specifically to be aggressive. The dog in turn becomes more aggressive and unstable. But the dog cannot help this and neither does it understand the concept of right and wrong. With the correct training as a pup it MIGHT have been less likely to become aggressive, especially if it had been chastised correctly when in the wrong, and rewarded for good behaviour.

Any dog can be aggressive if mishandled or ill-disciplined, and this is clearly a classic case which proves that point. Training a dog to the owner's will isn't difficult - what IS difficult is training to good behaviour and unfortuantely this takes time and effort, something which the inadequate ne'er-do-wells of this world are incapable of understanding, let alone giving.
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Yet another story for all the dog lovers to come and tell me that it's not the dog but the owner at fault. Bring your thumbs down and let's hope it's not you that gets mauled next!!!!![/p][/quote]So go on then, what has caused the dog to attack this lady? Any dog is a product of its breeding and the treatment it receives in its early life. My own dog came from a rescue centre and is terrified of any human being other than myself or my parents, to the extent that it will run away and cower under the stairs if it is approached by a stranger. Human beings are no different. If a child is neglected, abused or otherwise mistreated, it's behaviour in later life is a reflection of it's upbringing. This is why criminality often runs in families - if your parents are criminals, there's a good chance that you will be too. The owner of the dog in the article above clearly has little self respect and probably has anger management issues. Because the owner has inadequacy issues, he/she projects this onto a dog, which is bred specifically to be aggressive. The dog in turn becomes more aggressive and unstable. But the dog cannot help this and neither does it understand the concept of right and wrong. With the correct training as a pup it MIGHT have been less likely to become aggressive, especially if it had been chastised correctly when in the wrong, and rewarded for good behaviour. Any dog can be aggressive if mishandled or ill-disciplined, and this is clearly a classic case which proves that point. Training a dog to the owner's will isn't difficult - what IS difficult is training to good behaviour and unfortuantely this takes time and effort, something which the inadequate ne'er-do-wells of this world are incapable of understanding, let alone giving. rudis_dad
  • Score: 6

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