A local animal charity is calling on dog owners to keep their pets under control after a vicious attack on a dog in Sallynoggin.

It comes after local Sinead Cahill reported on Facebook page Sallynoggin Community that her husband was walking their dog recently on the lower Glenageary Road when another dog, who was not on a leash, attacked their dog.

Sinead said: “She has three puncture wounds with two behind her ear and one on her cheek. She ended up having to have a drain put in.”

She said her husband was “in shock” when he got home as “he got a bit injured too” but thankfully her dog is on the mend.

Sinead appealed to the public to “please keep their dogs on a leash when out walking in public.”

Gillian Bird Rathfarnham based DSPCA told Dublin Gazette that under the control of dog’s act 1986 all dogs must be kept under “effective control” – on a lead or very well behaved – when in public at all times.

“It is the duty of all responsible dog owners to keep their pets under effective control. This means on a lead or walking to heel.

“Owners are responsible for their pet’s behaviour, if your dog is not good with other dogs or has a tendency to be unpredictable or like to chase things then they should be kept on a lead until fully trained.

“The DSPCA recommend that all dogs and their owners attend Dog Training and Dog Socialisation classes.  The DSPCA run many free and paid training lessons, more information can be found at www.dspca.ie

The law states that the owner of a dog shall be liable in damages for damage caused in an attack on any person by the dog and for injury done by it to any livestock.

Ms Bird added that council parks have their own bylaws.

Locals have been sharing their reaction to the attack online.

Shazzer Shazzer Foran said: “Absolutely disgraceful. I walk to work from the noggin and see a lot of dogs not on their lead. If they want to do that bring them to the dog park.”

Trish Whelan said: “Poor dog.”

Hazel Roche said: “I hope they paid the vet bill.”