A WOMAN has been left in shock after a trio of bull terriers attacked her elderly family pet like "a pack of wolves".
District nurse Sylvia Gibbins was out walking Bramble, a 14-year-old Gordon setter, yesterday morning at 9.30am by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in Slaithwaite.
Sylvia, 57, had her pet on a lead when she saw a tan-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier race out of woods and head straight for Bramble.
A shocked Sylvia said: "It meant business. It wasn't running to say hello.
"I couldn't pick Bramble up to get her out of the way."
The dog knocked Bramble to the floor and began mauling it.
"Then another pair of bull terriers tore out of the woods and joined in."
Sylvia desperately tried to defend her dog by whacking the attackers with her walking stick.
But she said: "I couldn't get them apart.
"A man came up and managed to get two of them off.
"But the third was still hung on to Bramble's throat."
Eventually the man - who owned the dogs - managed to get them under control and on a lead.
Sylvia added: "I thought Bramble was dead."
The man gave Sylvia his mobile phone to ring for help, but she could not get through.
She added: "Somehow I managed to pick Bramble up and she has gone to the vet. She was in last night and has been on drips and been patched up.
"The vet now thinks nothing is broken.
"The prognosis for Bramble is quite good - but it could have been much worse.
"Bramble being hurt is bad enough, but that could have been a small child.
"It would have been horrific."
Now Sylvia is facing vets' bills running into hundreds of pounds.
She added: "The owner of the other dogs said his mobile number would be on 1471 at my home - but it isn't.
"Now I have to pay for his dogs' attack.
"I'm just thankful Bramble is alive."