A CORK woman whose dog was left fighting for his life after a vicious attack is calling for dangerous animals to be muzzled to prevent further incidents.
Lisa Murphy, from Dillon’s Cross, said that she was finally able to bring her Springer Spaniel Sam home after he sustained horrific injuries in an attack that left him on oxygen at Sunbeam Veterinary Hospital.
The pet had endured several broken ribs in the attack which occurred on Military Hill last week.
“The dog pounced and I was knocked to the ground,” Lisa said of the attack.
Lisa stressed that she doesn’t believe that any dog should be put down.
However, the animal lover insisted that dangerous animals should be muzzled to prevent anyone else suffering the trauma they endured.
She described Sam’s recovery as a miracle.
“Sam knew that I needed him and I know that’s what helped him fight.”
She described her strong bond with Sam.
“My friend gave me Sam before she died and told me that he would look after me.
“God knows I needed him and he has looked after me so well. I have mental health issues and he is my therapist.
“We are together 24/7.
“Losing Sam would have been like losing a loved one.
“Only for Sam and the people who looked after me, I don’t even think I’d be here today.
“I prefer him to any human being I have ever come into contact with.
“A dog will always be your best friend.
“They won’t judge or block you on Facebook.”
She heaped praise on the staff at Sunbeam Veterinary Hospital who she said did everything in their power to keep him alive.
“The Sunbeam vets went above and beyond to save his life.
“If it wasn’t for the love and care they gave him we wouldn’t be back together today.”
Despite being devastated over the attack, Lisa said she wouldn’t like to see the other dog put down.
“I know what it is to love a dog so I wouldn’t like to see anyone go through that. What I would like is to see these dogs muzzled.”
While Sam has made impressive strides, Lisa said it will be a long and tough recovery.
“It’s going to be a long road to recovery for Sam.
“It’s hard seeing him the way he is when we should be going out on our walks together.
“Everybody knows us from being out and about. “
Lisa said that she is on good terms with the other dog’s owner.
“I haven’t seen him since it happened but he has agreed to pay all the vets bills.”