A SOLIHULL businessman is appealing for the owner of an alsatian which attacked him on a Knowle towpath on Wednesday, March 24 to come forward.
Terry Fogarty, who lives aboard his narrowboat, ‘Lydia’ on the Grand Union Canal, was heading back to his home at around 7.30pm when he saw a woman with a black-maned alsatian just ahead.
He claims that without warning, the dog, which was half- muzzled and off its leash, snarled and pounced on him biting him across the face and ripping a lens from his glasses.
“It could have had my eye out,” said the shocked 73- year-old. “What if it had been a child?
“I have seen this woman walking her dog before on the canalpath but usually she walks on the other side.
“It forced me over into bushes but it’s a perfect example of what could have happened if it had knocked a child into the canal.”
Still shaken from the incident Mr Fogarty, who is well known for championing boaters’ rights, said he was further appalled when the owner apologised and then merely told the dog off for being naughty.
“I told her the animal was extremely dangerous. Why was it muzzled if it wasn’t? I now need a replacement pair of glasses and I will need to get a tetanus jab. I was too shocked at the time to get the woman’s details and she didn’t offer any.
“We have had a number of break-ins on the canals with no success finding the culprits, as well as dogs leaving their mess along the towpaths. Now someone’s been attacked.”