AN appeal has been launched after a dog was attacked in Goldthorpe leavings its owners distraught and with a vet bill of more than £2,000.

Last Thursday, Diane Miller from Goldthorpe was walking her daughter’s cockapoo dog in the area when he was attacked from out of nowhere.

Her husband, Kev Miller, said: “She was walking down towards Barnburgh Colliery when a blue staffy-cross came out of nowhere from the bushes and went for the dog.

“Luckily it only got his back end otherwise it would have probably killed him.

“The vet bill is already over £2,000.

“It looks like the dog will be okay but we’re still not sure about his leg.”

The family are now appealing for information after the owner ‘didn’t give a monkey’s’ about the incident and Kev hopes the incident won’t lead to anyone else being attacked.

“The owner said that the staffy was ‘only playing’ he didn’t give a monkey’s,” Kev added.

“Now it’s got a taste of blood it could attack again it could be a child next time.

“We just want people to be aware of the incident and to be on the lookout.”

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police confirmed an investigation has been launched.

They added: “We received a call just before 1.30pm on April 27 for reports of a dog being attacked by another dog.

“The caller reported that her dog, a Cockapoo had been bitten by another dog on Kingsmark Way in Goldthorpe.

“It is alleged that the owner did not have the dog on a lead.

“The dog required veterinary treatment but is recovering well.

“Officers are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that help identify the owner.

“Please share information via our website, live chat or by calling 101 quoting incident number 457 of April 27.”