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Mum fights off dog trying to attack her pet while shielding her baby daughter

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Shocking footage captured the moment a mother had to try and protect her young daughter while an out of control dog attacked her pet.

The woman was pushing her one-year-old daughter in a pushchair while walking her dog in Sheffield on September 2.

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier then ran up to them and started attacking her pet dog, and the woman struggled to protect her pet while also moving her crying infant out of the way.

She can be heard screaming ‘take your dog, get off him’ as she struggled to protect both her pet and her baby.

Eventually the Staffie’s owner grabbed his dog and pulled it away.

PC Paul Jameson, a dog legislation officer, urged dog owners to take responsibility for their pets.

He said: ‘Your dog is your responsibly.

‘If it attacks someone or causes fear in our communities, you are the one held responsible, you are the one facing prosecution, but your dog could also face being euthanised.

‘If you know your dog can escape your garden, fix it. Build higher fences, put a lock on the gate, put up signage for people to be aware, and not enter.

‘Keep your dog on a lead, and if you know your dog doesn’t like other dogs, walk it in quieter areas and not during busy times.

‘Don’t be compliant, don’t think it won’t happen, don’t think you know your dog best.

‘They’re animals – even the most relaxed animals in certain situations can be subjected to stress, which may cause a response born from fear.

‘It’s an animal’s instinct and it’s our role to understand those situations, spot the signs your dog is giving you and remove them, or the stressor.

‘Dogs think like dogs and it’s dangerous to apply human thinking to a dog’s behaviour.

‘The same goes within your own home: teach your children from a young age to respect dogs, don’t let them climb or jump on them, ensure your dog has somewhere quiet to go that is their space, away from family life.

‘Sometimes simple common-sense, low-cost changes can make the difference.’

The woman and her baby both suffered superficial injuries during the attack.

The dog was seized by police, but later returned to the owner with conditions and guidance to follow. Its owner is being processed through restorative justice for the harm caused.

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