Dog walker beaten bloody by thieves trying to steal his miniature dachshund in the park


WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES Gayle Smillie was walking her four dogs in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, when she was attacked by the couple trying to take her pet

Gayle Smillie was walking her four pets when a couple tried to steal one of her miniature dachshunds (stock image)

A dog walker has been left covered in blood after being attacked by a couple who tried to steal her dog.

Gayle Smillie was walking her four dogs when a woman tried to take Tilly, one of her miniature dachshunds.

The 34-year-old was repeatedly hit with a strap during the horrific incident which left her battered and bleeding.

Ms Smillie and her four miniature dachshunds managed to escape after the attack in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, this week.

The woman, from Wishaw, told the Daily Record that she walks around this particular area every day and has never encountered any problems before.

Gayle Smillie was attacked while trying to save one of her dogs from theft


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Ms Smillie, who walks dogs for a living, said: “I was walking my four dogs when I saw a man and a woman; they were just talking standing up.

“She walked past me and then she tried to take my girlfriend, Tilly. They didn’t try to get one of the boys, it was Tilly they wanted.

“She grabbed her and tried to run, then I chased after her. She was trying to tie up Tilly’s legs.

“When I managed to get Tilly back, she started hitting me with the strap. I was screaming because I thought there must be someone around to help me.

“My other dogs were running with me and when I picked up Tilly I just ran and didn’t look back.”

Ms Smillie and her dogs managed to escape


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The attack took place in Perchy Pond, near her home.

She added: “I went up there around 3.30pm – it’s quieter then because a lot of people are picking up their kids from school.

“I’m a dog walker and never had any problems, but I guess it only takes one person.

“Fortunately, I met a man who was walking his collie.

“He put his dog in his car and walked me home and made sure I was okay.”

Ms Smillie described both attackers as being in their late twenties, neither of whom spoke English.

The man was around 6ft tall and wearing all black, while the woman was around 5ft 6in tall, wearing skinny jeans, white sneakers and a black jacket.

The dog’s owner is now recuperating at home after her ordeal.

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She added: “One of my dog ​​walking clients is a nurse so she came to treat me. I didn’t want to go to the hospital and leave the dogs behind.

“Tilly is 10 so she’s an old darling. She’s very quiet at the moment but I called the vet and she said to keep an eye on her.

“I just want people to know before I go up there. It’s not going to deter me from going to Perchy but I’m going to watch what I’m doing.”

Lanarkshire Live has notified Police Scotland of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101. Information can be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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