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Vicious Dartford dog attack nearly killed my pet

PUBLISHED: 17:08 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 17:08 16 February 2011

Rick Beckenridge and his dog Reece

Rick Beckenridge and his dog Reece

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A DOG owner is warning others of the potential danger of an ‘out of control canine’ that ‘nearly killed’ his own pet.

Rick Breckenridge, 31, says he was walking his golden retriever, Reece, on East Hill, Dartford, when the out-of-control animal, thought to be an American pit bull pounced and locked jaws on his six-year-old pet.

With the help of passers-by and a couple in a car who stopped to intervene, he tried to separate the two animals. The ordeal ended when he managed to pull injured Reece in to a pizza shop..

Mr Breckenridge, who has been too scared to walk his dog in the area since the incident at about 1pm on Friday, said: “A man stood at the end of the alleyway but his dog just launched himself at Reece. It was terrifying. I had a struggle from St Albans Road down to Great Queens Street, trying to pull Reece away from the dog and get it off him.

“The animal went into the road, cars were stopping and crowds were gathering. It looked like the man was scared of his own dog.”

A vet examined Reece that afternoon and, although he escaped with scratches, his owner says his pet not been the same since.

Mr Breckenridge, who works in hospitality, added: “I think if Reece had been any smaller he would have died from that attack. No doubt.

“It had absolutely no reason to attack my dog. I have never experienced anything like that in my life before. I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

In December 2008 we reported the case of Maureen Flint, 84, whose beloved Dachshund Evie was attacked and killed in front of her in Central Park by dogs belonging to a thug who also pushed her over. Her attacker was ordered to pay £500 compensation.

Detective inspector Ian Dampier from North Kent Police said: “We are in the process of establishing whether any criminal offences have taken place and will investigate where appropriate.”

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