Taking the family pet for a walk turned into a nightmare for a local mum.
Catherine Stewart ended up rushing her ten-year-old Chinese crested powderpuff, Chico, to the vet for emergency surgery after it was attacked by another dog.
The tiny pooch was bitten in the face with such force one of its eyes popped out!
After she managed to pull him away, Catherine carried Chico home to Cunningham Gardens in Falkirk before she and her husband, Francis, made a mad dash to the Grahams Road Veterinary Clinic where Chico was operated on immediately.
Two weeks after the drama, the little dog is still on medication and hopefully on the road to a full recovery, but Catherine (47) admits it is still too early to say if he will keep vision in his left eye.
She said: “He’s a lot better than he was, but we will have to wait and see if his eye has not been permanently damaged.”
Yesterday (Wednesday), the mum of three, an events co-ordinator with Asda in Falkirk, said: “I still really can’t believe what happened.
“I was taking Chico out for his regular walk along Bog Road towards Laurieston as usual when I met a friend and stopped for a quick chat.
“It’s still all a bit of a blur. but out of the corner of my eye I saw a women coming towards us. She had a dog and a child with her. She seemed to lose control of the dog and dropped its lead.
“It came over to Chico and had a ‘sniff’ then just lunged at him.
“I heard this really unusual noise and thought it was the dog biting Chico’s cheek bone, but when I looked down I could see his eye hanging out. The noise must have been his eye popping - it sounded terrible. I was in shock.”
Catherine reported the incident to the police who told her Falkirk Council’s dog warden has been advised.
A police spokesman said: “Dog owners are reminded to keep their animal under appropriate control at all times.”