Angela Fielder’s controversial story appears in THE SUN and DAILY MAIL newspapers…
‘Boris the dog is my baby,’ says Angela, his owner who’s endured THREE attacks by him …
Angela, 39, still carries the scars of THREE dog attacks. In one her ear lobe was almost severed and her arm ripped open. The mauling was so serious she required numerous stitches under a general anaesthetic. In another Angela’s hand was so badly damaged she needed urgent surgery to save it.
But what will shock many is that the attacks were carried out by her own 10st bullmastiff Boris. And Angela – who describes Boris as her baby – blames herself for his savage bites.
Angela says: ‘Many people would have had Boris put down after what he did to me. But my argument is you wouldn’t put a child down just because it lashed out.
“And after the attacks he showed genuine signs of regret, cuddling up to me and being the big softy he usually is.”
The first attack occurred in Feb last year when Angela was given one of Boris’s pups, Wallis. She came home from her sales job to find the floor chewed. When she wagged a finger at Wallis to tell her off for chewing, Boris went for it, biting her arm so badly she had to go to hospital and have stitches under general anaesthetic.
A couple of weeks later Boris flew towards her after she ran over to check Wallis in the garden. This time the bites were severe. Her ear lobe was almost severed and the left side of her face slashed open. Meanwhile, her left arm was also ripped. At hospital she needed a further operation to stitch her up – her face and ear alone required 24 stitches.
Then in September she was putting false nails on when she dropped one – Wallis ran over to pick it up and Angela ran over to stop her. It was then Boris charged. She slipped onto the floor and as she fell, he caught her hand, and bit it, requiring another operation to save he movement in it.
However Angela claims she now realises the bites were her fault because she didn’t appreciate Boris is overprotective of his pup Wallis. She believes measures she has taken – such as ensuring Boris is always behind a baby gate if she has to reprimand Wallis – have calmed him down.
Some people do not agree with her and believe she should have Boris put down – despite the fact he has never attacked anyone else.
She says she is a responsible dog owner. Boris is never let off the lead when she’s walking him, and she would not ever leave him alone with a child – although she points out she would never leave any dog with a child as she believes no-one can trust that their pet dog will never attack.
However, she says: “I believe dogs, like children, can be rehabilitated and it’s wrong to kill them just because they bite.”
Angela knows her viewpoint is controversial. However she believes this is a taboo subject that hasn’t been discussed and that there are other dog owners like her who might not even report that their dog has bitten them in case people think they should put them down.
She says: “I realise it is controversial – and I knew it would stir up debate – but I wanted to put my story in a newspaper because not many people want to promote bullmastiffs that aren’t evil. I also wanted to put over the viewpoint that no matter the breed, ANY dog can bite – and not all dogs that bite are bad.
“Thank you for what you’ve done and I am glad my story’s out there.”
We are delighted that Angela’s story has now been placed with a top women’s weekly mag.
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