A dog has been left fighting for her life after being mauled by two Staffies who escaped into her garden.
Izzy the Westie was reportedly corned in a derelict shed and ‘brutally attacked’ by the two dogs for around 20 minutes after they escaped from a neighbour’s garden.
Her owner and two other women attempted to grab the small dog from the shed in Welwyn Garden City on Sunday, however they were almost bitten.
When Izzy was eventually rescued, she had suffered 28 puncture wounds, broken ribs, a crushed breast plate and a dislocated sternum – and was ‘bleeding out’.
She underwent six hours of surgery in a bid to save her, however she is still fighting for life.
Speaking on a Just Giving page, set up in a bid to cover Izzy’s extensive vet bills, owner Shannon Robinson said: ‘After many suggestions from the loving and caring people in this world we are setting up a crowdfunding page for Izzy’s vet bills.
‘The vet bills are mounting by the day we have already paid lots and as Izzy is in intensive care it is costing £350 plus any other treatments a day.
‘On Sunday afternoon a male Staffordshire bull terrier and a female Staffordshire bull terrier escaped from a neighboring garden. The result was our West Highland Terrier Izzy [being] brutally attacked for 20 minutes.
‘My mum, and two older ladies tried to rescue Izzy, but the male Staff had her in a derelict shed cornered.
‘Whilst trying to rescue Izzy the older ladies and my mum were nearly also bitten by the male dog.
‘We were told the dogs were extremely aggressive and by the time we were able to rescue Izzy she had been left for dead and was bleeding out.
‘Izzy’s injuries are around 28 puncture wounds, broken ribs, crushed breast plate and a dislocated sternum hence the full body cast.
‘Due to these injuries Izzy is on many different drugs for pain and has fluids. Izzy required an operation, she had to be cut open and have her chest repaired as she was crushed by the bites from these two dogs and her muscles were torn so they also needed to be repaired.
‘Izzy also has required all her wounds to be flushed out to help prevent infection.
‘Once her swelling goes down Izzy may need another operation to place a metal plate in her sternum. The costs of this are unknown for now.
‘We have so many people who have offered to help and who have been so kind to us. It’s amazing to know there is so many good people in this world.
‘We’re completely overwhelmed by the support and kind messages we have received from the public and the love we have felt from every kind message.’
She added that the dog is still ‘fighting for her life’ but the family are refusing to give up.
She said: ‘Izzy is fighting for her life and we can not give up on Izzy.
‘Any donation small or big will make a massive difference and take the pressure off my parents who are trying to get her the best treatment she needs to fight through this and survive.’