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PUBLISHED: 17:52 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 23 August 2010

ATTACKED: Kerry Keys with little Ben

ATTACKED: Kerry Keys with little Ben

A TERRIFIED mother was rescued by two good Samaritans after she and her puppy were attacked by a deranged dog as she walked in a country park. Mother-of-one Kerry Keys, 30, from Cobham, was with five relatives including her five-year-old son when the

A TERRIFIED mother was rescued by two good Samaritans after she and her puppy were attacked by a "deranged" dog as she walked in a country park.

Mother-of-one Kerry Keys, 30, from Cobham, was with five relatives including her five-year-old son when the dog attacked in Jeskyns Community Wood.

She has now contacted the Reporter in the hope the incident will shame the owner and others into controlling their pets in public. During the attack on September 27, the woman was mauled as the snarling dog, thought to be a Pitbull or Staffordshire Bull Terrier, attempted to drag her Labrador, Ben, from her arms.

She suffered a torn ear lobe and wounds to her arm in the unprovoked attack as the dog's owner stood by and watched.

Miss Keys said: "It was on me like a flash and although I was in pain I had to protect Ben.

"I was well ahead of my family on my own and when I bent down to scoop up my puppy this thing charges at me and attacked.

"We were being attacked for ages and thank God my son was ahead of me and these people had the courage to get this thing that seemed deranged off me.

"I'm actually scared to go and walk my dog now. It was a terrible experience but I would like to thank all those who helped."

Luckily, two passers-by kicked, pulled and punched the white dog away before it could kill her 12-week-old puppy.

Father-of-six Paul Dilley, from Greenhithe, put his hands in the dog's mouth to prise apart its jaws, locked on its victims.

Outraged Mr Dilley, 37, who has had two dogs for seven years, said the owner who fled the scene was not in control his powerful 'pet'.

He said: "Even though another man was kicking the dog, which had gripped the woman and her puppy, as hard as he could, it wasn't letting go and he was not a small bloke. The owner wasn't in control, he just stood there. Although the dog was as pleasant as anything moments after the attack, from experience, I would say it is a danger and should be at least muzzled but sadly it perhaps needs put down."

fintan.quinn@archant.co.uk

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