Hero saves dog in vicious attack in Ilkeston

Isobel Sissons with her dog Barney and her hero neighbour Roger Whiting who saved her dog from a vicious attack by another dog off their lead.
Isobel Sissons with her dog Barney and her hero neighbour Roger Whiting who saved her dog from a vicious attack by another dog off their lead.

An Ilkeston dog owner has praised her hero neighbour for saving her dog’s life as it fell victim to an unprovoked attack.

Roger Whiting, 72, was walking his neighbour Isobel Sissons’ dog Barney, when a Staffordshire Terrier off its lead darted away from its handler and nearly killed her Bichon Frisé.

Roger, a retired window cleaner, said he had to take the injured dog over a mile to a vet, and Barney could have died from the loss of blood.

He added: “I normally take Barney out in the afternoon - down Bridge Street, through the woods and over the bridge to Bennerley Viaduct. Normally you see a few dog walkers there.

“Out of nowhere I saw this dog hurtling towards me. He got hold of Barney and just wouldn’t let go.

“There was blood everywhere. The handlers immediately ran over and tried to get him off.

“They were saying “get him off, prise his jaw open”, but it took a minute or two to get him off.”

Two friendly women offered Roger their pushchair and a blanket to carry Barney to the vet.

“Isobel has had to pay over £1,000 in vet bills because of this, added Roger.

Mrs Sissons, 72, of Milton Avenue, said she was eternally grateful to Roger for looking after Barney in the eight-year-old hound’s time of need.

The grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of nine added: “Roger and the two young ladies are my guardian angels in this saga.

“Barney is still sore. He could have bled to death – it was very touch and go.

“I think it affected Roger more than me, he felt that he was responsible for Barney.

“That other dog should have been on a lead – there is a lesson to be learned here, no-one wants to have their dog put down because of one random attack.”