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Social media search for Biddenham dog's attacker goes viral

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Media captionSpot survived the attack and is now back at home recovering

A Bedfordshire woman, who put pictures on social media of her spaniel being savaged by a dog resembling a pitbull, says she was "surprised" to get over 10,000 shares.

Mafalda Clewlow, from Biddenham, posted images of the "ferocious attack" on her King Charles Spaniel, as they walked near Ouse Valley golf course on Friday.

Ms Clewlow said the dog was badly hurt but was recovering well.

Police have released a photograph of a man they suspect to be the dog's owner.

They have appealed for information from the public to identify him.

Ms Clewlow, 40, said the attack happened as she was walking her two-year-old dog, Spot, on a public footpath, used by many other dog walkers.

"This dog came running, and within a few seconds, it launched a ferocious attack [on Spot]," she said.

Image caption Police are trying to trace the man they believe to be the owner of the dog

"It had no lead and no collar, it was totally on the loose."

She said the offending dog's owner tried to grab it but it had "locked" onto Spot with its teeth.

The mother-of-two said she also tried to separate them and had got bitten, before two passers-by helped pull the dogs apart.

"If it wasn't for them I think my dog would probably be dead," she added.

Spot sustained bite wounds on his legs and back area but Ms Clewlow said he was "magically recovering well".

Ms Clewlow took photographs of the attack and posted them on Facebook.

"I obviously wasn't prepared for the way it has gone viral, all I wanted to do was warn local dog owners, because I am worried about going out again while this dog is still around," she said.

A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire police said the incident was being investigated.

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